Ask a French Teacher – When Do I Use Direct Object and Indirect Object Pronouns in French?
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Ask a French Teacher – When Do I Use Direct Object and Indirect Object Pronouns in French?


hi everybody Candace here welcome to ask
a teacher where I’ll answer some of your most common French questions the
question for this lesson is when do you use the direct object pronouns Lu la and
lay versus the indirect object pronouns GUI and laughs sometimes you want to
shorten a sentence with a pronoun rather than use the same noun again this is
similar to how we use it in English in place of nouns we have already said such
as did you see that movie yesterday yes I saw it in French pronouns come right
before a verb to simplify a sentence for example if your friend asks you to M su
mo do you like this novel instead of we gem sumo
yes I like this novel you might say with lamb yes I like it
in this case you put the pronoun after the subject sure and before the verb Amy
but how do you know which pronoun to use Lula and Leigh are used with nouns that
are directly attached to the verb that means you don’t need the preposition up
for example Amy meaning to like is one of those verbs for Amy we use the L a
posthole in the singular because ma begins with a vowel in this case shall M
in the plural we would use lay so if you were referring to several novels you’d
say jus listen here’s another example LaPorta to vet jewel FM the door is open
I’m closing it la here refers to labott the door which is feminine here’s one in
the masculine someone says Luda commercially table the
document is on the table your respond journal etapa I can’t find
it or I don’t find it look before 12 refers to the DoCoMo
Vienna on the other hand are usually only for people not things verbs that
usually andler use the preposition ah the most common example is probably
polish for example jus pulusu Vanessa I speak often with my sister becomes
repulsive oh here we which would be similar to the English with her refers
to masa which would be my sister if you’re talking about more than one
person you would use love I am talking to my brothers would be supalen affair
with the pronoun it will become your pal meaning I am talking to them in the
comment form you put the pronoun after the verb with a hyphen that applies to
both forms of pronounce so tell them the truth would be deal elevenish another
example in the common form is the door is open closets lopata to vet Pamela did
you get it not so bad right if you have any more
questions please leave them in the comments below and I try to answer them
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93 thoughts on “Ask a French Teacher – When Do I Use Direct Object and Indirect Object Pronouns in French?

  1. And a combination of both types? Which one goes first for je/tu/il/elle/on/ils/elles and nous/vous. I believe there is something to clarify here.

  2. What is the correct translation of 'Why are you punishing them?'
    1. Pourquoi vous les punissez?
    2. Pourquoi vous leur punissez?

  3. i am a spanish speaker trying to learn french with videos in english language,
    the internet is amazing

  4. in commands, why we used indirect pronoun"leur" in "dis-leur la verte" and why we used direct pronoun "la" in "ferme la" really confused?? plz help

  5. I'm having trouble with les pronoms relatifs – que, qui and où. In what cases do I use what pronoun to combine two sentences?

  6. if it was sentence that combines the 2 like: Zeref montre la livre à elle -> Il lui le montre would that be right, or which one goes first the le or the lui?

  7. okay so basicly if you want to use direct you know you should us it for things not people and indirect is used for people not thing? am i correct?

    one more question can you explain the usage of both in how or where we can use it?

  8. MERCIIIIII!!!!! Mon prof est nul, et la classe ne comprends pas. Pas de tout. Mais c'est super, fait plus de vidéos svp!!

  9. why do people say,dis-moi,for tell me,not dis-me,cause in this video in imperative form you used indirect object,moi is not an indirect object,any help please?

  10. Why Can't I say , Je le parle , or Je les parle instead of lui and leur , And why sometimes we use Le , La , Les , for example je les vois , je la vois je le vois , I want to know please when I use “ Lui , and when I use Le“ And when I use La , and When i use Lui“ when I use “ Leur And when I use Les“ thank you

  11. I am incredibly confused by this particular concept and I still don't understand. I'm trying asking myself questions about the sentence, like in, "Je les parle," instead of, "Je parle a ma parents," I ask myself, "Who(/etc) am I speaking(/etc) to," but I don't know what to ask myself for indirect object pronouns. My french teacher has confused my whole class by relying only on VHL's "D'Accord" book. I've tried talking to her and asking for help, but she doesn't understand why the class is having trouble with it. I mean, of course we'll have trouble understanding where she doesn't, French is her mother tongue I'm pretty sure, and she's a professor and we're just students in our second year of learning french. I'm lost and need help understanding when to use one instead of the other, I want to understand, not just pass French. Maybe if someone could explain it without the whole spiel about 'direct object pronoun verbs acting directly on the pronoun' and explaining the how and why it acts on it that'd be great.

  12. This was very helpful. Thanks much.
    However, when pronouncing words in English, the emphasis is often very important. Most American and British English speakers will pronounce the word "command" with the emphasis on the second syllable.

  13. Can you give more examples with (objets pronouns) in the following situations:
    1-negation
    2-revlaxive verbs
    3-past tense (passe compose)
    4-Question form

  14. Je Donne de la nourriture aux chiens. I know to replace de la nourriture with “en” , but what about “aux chiens” leur or les…..as chiens are not people

  15. Object indirect Is with prepositions and object direct is without prepositions…. I got that… Very clearly but why they R named as direct and indirect…. Indirect in English means refering something tat is not front of ur eyes…. Lil confused because of name or it means something

  16. Mate, this is so useful and easy to get. Merci pour votre explication, elle était très simple à comprendre. Super merci.

  17. I have a doubt…
    In the sentence below

    Le weekend , Lily et moi irons au cinema.

    Lily et moi is underlined ,
    to change into personal pronoun (sujet , Direct , Indirect pronom )

    So ,is it …

    1) le weekend , lui et moi irons au cinema.

    2) le weekend , nous irons au cinema .

    Also with
    Le professeur et sa femme envioent des messages.

    Aide-moi S-v-p

  18. @1:06 madam when i saw the book they have given that for il only we can convert into le .
    But here in this sentence it is ce and not il so how are you converting like that .

  19. wow , it was this simple all along , i have always studied French out of obligation to pass it as an exam , but this doesn't seem as bad as i thought it was , i guess it is learnable after all

  20. I am a Pole with Russian roots learning French in English. I've also been learning Spanish for some time! I love Romance languages! cheers my fellow language nerds!

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