Indirect object – complement d’objet indirect (COI)
Let's Define It!
What's an *indirect object*?
In French, it's called un complément d'objet indirect (indirect object).
The indirect object is a noun or a pronoun that stands as the beneficiary of the action of the verb and its direct object. For example, "Je parle à Michel ", the noun "Michel" is the indirect object of my talk (parle) and is introduced by à.
In French, the prepositions à and de introduce indirect object nouns.
Indirect pronouns have their own form. For example lui, leur, me, moi, etc.
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 see a few examples of an indirect object (complément d'objet indirect).
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.
Vous parlez de votre mère. /You are talking about your mother.