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pronoun placement difference Old Spanish from modern spanish
old rules were more determined by syntax than by morphology: the pronoun followed the verb, except when the verb was preceded (in the same clause) by a stressed word, such as a noun, adverb, or stressed pronoun.
For example, from Cantar de Mio Cid:
• e tornós pora su casa, ascóndense de mio Cid
daregelo he (modern: se lo daré) = "I'll give it to him"
^^ explain how we know this
If the first stressed word of a clause was in the future or condtional tense, or if it was a compound verb made up of haber + a participle, then any unstressed pronoun was placed between the two elements of the compound verb.
'dado gelo ha ' - put into modern spanish
(modern: se lo ha dado) = "He has given it.