Object pronoun – pronom objet
Let's Define It!
What's an *object pronoun*?
A pronom objet (object pronoun in English) is a pronoun that either undergoes the direct action of the verb or acts as the beneficiary of the action and its direct object. (Remember that the function of a pronoun is to stand for a noun).
For example, in "Je le vois" [I see it/him], the pronoun le is a direct object pronoun of the verb vois.
Meanwhile, in "Je lui parle français" [I speak French to him] , the pronoun lui is the indirect object of parle (i.e. the beneficiary of the action of the verb parle).
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?
Find below sentences including object pronouns [direct and/or indirect] (inderlined for your convenience):
- Tu leur a donné l'argent? Did you give them the money? (indirect object)
- Elle ne peut pas nous voir. She can not seeus. (direct object pronouns)
- Tu me le donneras bientôt? Will you give it to me soon? (indirect and direct object pronouns)
N.B. Keep in mind that as pronouns, these direct and indirect objects pronouns always refer to a noun (implied or otherwise).