Having a really hard time with this lesson

Bill

Kwiziq community member

26 December 2018

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Having a really hard time with this lesson

Bonjour - for some reason i'm having a really hard time with this lesson.  My confusion is the fact that the lesson instructs that the order is reversed with reminding someone of someone else, which I understand well enough.

My problem comes in the test, for a perfect example:

"You remind him of Audrey Hepburn" to which the answer is:

Tu lui rappelles Audrey Hepburn

This seems like the exact same order as the English.  Any tips or help would be appreciated.  Merci d'avance.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Rappeler (à quelqu'un) = to remind (someone)"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

26 December 2018

26/12/18

You are correct in that in this example the word order is exactly as in English. It is because of "lui" which replaces a named indirect object (e.g., à John). "Lui" always comes before the verb, which makes the word order be the same as in English.

Tu rappelles Audrey Hebpurn à John.Tu lui rappelles Audrey Hepburn.

Bill

Kwiziq community member

27 December 2018

27/12/18

I think i see now - if the indirect object is a pronoun, then it is the same order, but if the indirect object is a proper noun, then the order is different.  I think the lesson is kind of confusing on this point because it begins by saying the order is reversed but then doesn't point out in the next section that the order is the same if you are using an indirect object pronoun.

Merci

Chris

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27 December 2018

27/12/18

Yes, I agree.

Johanna

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31 December 2018

31/12/18

I had the same problem with the presentation of this concept 

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