Indirect object pronouns have really nothing in common with possessive pronouns. The former stand in for any kind of indirect object, whereas the latter denote to whom something belongs.
Indirect object pronouns:
1st person sing.: je --> me2nd person sing.: tu --> te3rd person sing.: il/elle --> lui
1st person plural: nous --> nous2nd person plural: vous --> vous3rd person plural: ils/elles --> leur
Examples:Je parle à Adam. --> Je lui parle.Je parle à Marie. --> Je lui parle.Je parle à Adam et Marie. --> Je leur parle.
Posessive pronouns (masculine noun/feminine noun/plural noun):
1st person sing.: mon/ma/mes2nd person sing.: ton/ta/tes3rd person sing.: son/sa/ses
1st person plural: nous --> notre/notre/nos2nd person plural: vous --> votre/votre/vos3rd person plural: ils/elles --> leur/leur/leurs
Examples:Ce sont mes livres. (1st person singular and plural noun)C'est mon livre. (1^st person singular and masculine noun)C'est votre livre. (2nd person plural and masculine noun)Ce sont vos livres. (2nd person plural and plural noun)Ce sont leurs livres. (3rd person plural and plural noun)Elle est ma copine. (3rd person singular and feminine noun)
Just to add to what Chris said take a look at the following pages for French possessive adjectives and pronouns.
Mon, ma, mes; ton, ta, tes; son, sa, ses = my; your; his / her in French (possessive adjectives)
Le nôtre/le vôtre/le leur/etc = Ours/yours/theirs (French Possessive Pronouns)
Hope this helps!
Can we please find ways to answer questions to newer people (or people in general) without either making them feel stupid for asking the question or spewing out a whole list of every possible combination of words?? To say you can't see ANY similarities between the two means that you need to take a step back and actually look at the words, instead of relying on your own years of knowledge of how they are used? So you don't see any similarities between "leur" and.... "leur"????? Or "me" and "mes" for that matter. Come on people, you're better than this.
In the above answer, possessive adjectives and pronouns have been conflated into the one post as if they were the same.
They are not - the references Cécile added are useful for a first port of call.
These pronouns are confusing because the selfsame word can have more than one function and meaning (which you can deduce from the position of the word in the phrase).
e.g. Leur can be either a possessive pronoun for several people of either sex owning one thing (leur chien) or an indirect object pronoun for more than one person of either sex (je leur parle)
Lui is the indirect object pronoun for "to him" or "to her" (je lui parle) but is also used as the stress pronoun for a male (chez lui, the female version is chez elle).
The only way I managed to remember it was to write out and learn four lists: direct object and indirect object personal pronouns, stress (tonic) pronouns and possessive pronouns, and invent short phrases to fix them in the memory.
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