Indirect – indirect
Let's Define It!
I'm sure you've seen the word indirect in French grammar a few times.
Sometimes you can see indirect tied to the word speech (as in discours indirect = indirect speech) but more often, though, you, the word indirect is attached to the word object as in indirect object = complément d'objet indirect.
When it comes to the latter point, in grammar something is said to be indirect when it is acting as the receiver/beneficiary of the action of the verb. For example, in "Je pense à Madeleine tout le temps", the noun "Madeleine" is the indirect object of my thinking (pense) and is introduced by à.
The prepositions à and de introduce indirect nouns/objects.
Indirect pronouns have their own form. For example lui, leur.
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Let's have a few examples with an indirect object or indirect pronoun.
Elle lui a offert une chemise. / She offered him a shirt.
Je parle à Mathilde au téléphone. / I'm talking to Mathilde on the phone.
Nous leur donnerons un coup de fil. / We will give them a phone call.