Object pronoun – pronom objet

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Let's Define It!

What's an *object pronoun*?

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). 

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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).

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