Spanish Prepositional Pronouns 101: Rules & Examples

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In Spanish, we use different types of pronouns depending on their function in the sentence. In other words, the pronoun we use for a subject sometimes differs from the one used after a preposition. So, in this prepositional pronouns Spanish guide, we’ll go over: 

By the end of this, you’ll know how and when to use these pronouns in Spanish. 

What Are Prepositional Pronouns in Spanish

A prepositional pronoun is a pronoun that comes after a Spanish preposition. These pronouns are: 

  • : Me
  • Ti: You
  • Él / Ella / Usted: Him / Her / You
  • Nosotros / Nosotras: Us
  • Vosotros / Vosotras: You (plural Spain)
  • Ellos / Ellas / Ustedes: Them / You

As you can see in the prepositional pronoun Spanish list above, these pronouns are very similar to subject pronouns except for and ti. 

[Preposition] + [pronoun]

A me gusta leer. 
I like to read. 

Este mensaje es para usted
This message is for you

No te preocupes por nosotros
Don’t worry about us

The prepositional pronouns listed above are used with most prepositions. However, there are some exceptions. 

First, ‘mí’ and ‘ti’ cannot be used with the preposition con. In this case, they become the words  conmigo and contigo, respectively:

No quiere ir conmigo
She doesn’t want to go with me

Finally, yo and are always used instead of ‘mí’ and ‘ti’ with the following prepositions: 

  • Entre: Between
  • Excepto: Except
  • Menos: Except / But 
  • Salvo: Except for
  • Según: According to

Here are some sentences: 

Todos me ayudaron menos
Everyone helped but you

Entre y yo no pasó nada. 
Nothing happened between you and I

Take Note: The Spanish pronoun me is also an object pronoun. However, me is not preceded by a preposition. For instance, me encanta leer. Keep in mind that without an accent can be a possessive adjective

When & How to Use Spanish Prepositional Pronouns

As established before, a prepositional pronoun in Spanish is the pronoun we place after a preposition. Often, Spanish prepositional pronouns are used to emphasize or clarify who the object of a sentence is: 

Te lo di a ti
I gave it to you

Este reloj es para ustedes
This watch is for you

If combined with de, these pronouns are used to express possession: 

El celular es de ella
The phone is hers

¿Ese perro es de vosotros?
Is that dog yours?  

Since the pronoun only completes the meaning of a preposition, you should check how prepositions in Spanish work. 

Take: and ti cannot be used with the preposition ‘de’ when expressing possession.  

Next Steps: Resources for Spanish Pronouns & Prepositions

As their name suggests, Spanish pronouns after prepositions are specifically preceded by these types of words. In addition to this type of pronoun, you should also take the time to learn direct and indirect pronouns

Certain verbs in Spanish take a prepositional pronoun. Since they can help you reinforce this topic and are crucial for communication, check this guide on verbs like gustar

Download the Prepositional Pronouns PDF

Learning Spanish grammar topics like prepositional pronouns can be challenging for beginners and those who aren’t keen on learning the grammar of a new language. I’ve put together a free PDF cheat sheet you can download to make prepositional pronouns easier to understand and so you can revisit this topic whenever you’d like.

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