The neutral pronoun lo

The neutral pronoun lo does not change to agree with number and gender and is used in the following structures:

  • Lo + adjective/adverb: to emphasize the sense of adjective or adverb.

Lo malo de Betty es que es tacaña.

The bad thing about Betty is that she's stingy.

Lo bueno es beber 2 litros de agua al día.

A good thing is to drink 2 liters of water a day.

Llegaré lo antes posible.

I'll get there as soon as possible.

  • Lo + que + verb: meaning “that which” or “what”, replacing an idea that is understood.

Estoy ahorrando todo lo que puedo para ir de vacaciones.

I'm saving all (that) I can so I can to go on vacation.

No sé lo que quiero comer.

I don't know what I want to eat.

  • Lo + de + noun: to refer indirectly to something already known by the speakers, or to indicate that something is not someone's "thing" or “bag”.

¿Te has enterado de lo de Carolina?

Have you heard about Carolina?

La salsa no es lo de Ana.

Salsa is not Ana's thing.

  • De + lo + más + adjective: to give a superlative sense to the adjective, similar to muy + adjective.

Este restaurante es de lo más caro = el restaurante es muy caro.

This restaurant is one of the most expensive = the restaurant is very expensive


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