I speak of her

harris

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2018

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I speak of her

I'm confused why "I speak of her" is "Je parle d'elle" as my first instinct would be to say "je l'en parle". What am I missing here? Thanks.

This relates to:
Moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, elles (advanced stress pronouns) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

21 January 2018

21/01/18

Hi harris,

The French verb "parler" can have two pieces of information attached to it: with whom you speak and what you speak of. For example:

Je parle à Marie de son travail. -- I speak with Marie about her work.

You can now proceed to substitute pronouns for each of the two parts and it would go like this:

Je lui en parle. -- I speak with her about it.

The topic you speek about is always "de + (topic)". If you speak about her then it is "d'elle". The person you speak with is always an indirect object in French: "parler À quelqu'un". Therefore it goes like this:

Je te parle -- I speak with you.
Je lui parle -- I speak with him (or her; only context would tell).
Je vous parle -- I speak with them (or you; in a formal setting)

"Je l'en parle" is definitely incorrect.

Greetings, -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Chris

Kwiziq community member

22 January 2018

22/01/18

...sorry, just to correct a typo:

Je vous parle -- I speak with you (either a group or a formal "tu")

Joan

Kwiziq community member

13 February 2018

13/02/18

Hi Chris, if I want to say: "I speak with him about them", is it : "Je lui parle d'eux" ?

Thanks



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