Lo – Neuter Object Pronoun

Pronombre objeto neutro

Lo is the Spanish neuter direct object pronoun, used to mean "it" when referring to something non-specific or with no gender, such as an idea, adjective, situation, or clause. Note that lo is also the masculine direct object pronoun, which refers to something or someone specific.

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Debiera ir a la tienda, pero lo olvidé.   I was supposed to go to the store, but I forgot [to go].
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Juan me dio una pluma, pero la olvidé en el autobús.   Juan gave me a pen, but I forgot it [the pen] on the bus.
     
No parece feliz, pero lo es.   She doesn’t seem happy, but she is [happy].
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La felicidad es muy importante. Búscala todos los días.   Happiness is very important. Seek it [happiness] every day.
     
Como es rico, lo tiene fácil.   Since he’s rich, he has it easy.
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Me gusta la natación. Es fácil hacerla.   I like swimming. It’s easy to do.

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