Advised by Cecile: "But the construction you suggest ending with a pronoun might be used by a very young French child but isn't correct French."
I have never seen it so pointedly stated anywhere. Seems to me once you 'learn' that faux pas you are halfway through the struggles of using pronouns....where to put them.
I find this advice so clarifying. I may be making too much of a big deal abut it...but it hit me like a lightbulb.
Do you think, modified a little, it is advisable to adopt as rote? Would it hold up universally enough.
Do not put your object pronouns at the end of a sentence (after the verb) UNLESS it is the STRESS VERSION OF THE PRONOUN.
I am afraid it is impossible to make such a rule as there will, of course, be exceptions.
In the context of the expression 'rappeler à quelqu'un ' and to my answer to Chris, what he was suggesting was indeed the stress pronoun 'elles'.
What I meant by a young child might get away with this mistake, children make what is called 'logical mistakes' following unconscious patterns of grammar and often don't account for irregularities until they are corrected.
A typical one is 'vous faisez' instead of 'vous faites', 'j'ai prendu' instead of 'j'ai pris' etc.
If you are interested in how language is acquired and the role of grammar, I can recommend the excellent Steven Pinker book 'The language Instinct'.
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