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Isn't "Je te passe Paul" ambiguous? How do you know which is the direct and indirect pronoun ?

David

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2017

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Isn't "Je te passe Paul" ambiguous? How do you know which is the direct and indirect pronoun ?

This relates to:
Passer, se passer, se passer de (different meanings of 'passer') -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

10 January 2017

10/01/17

Bonjour David !

Here, it would be literally "I pass Paul to you" or in incorrect French "Je passe Paul à toi".
Therefore, "Paul" is the direct object here (not introduced by a preposition) when "te" is the indirect object pronoun.

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

harris

Kwiziq community member

5 September 2017

5/09/17

How would I say: "I'm passing you to her"?
Would it be: "Je lui passe toi"?

harris

Kwiziq community member

5 September 2017

5/09/17

Or maybe it is: "Je lui te passe".

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 January 2018

15/01/18

Bonjour Harris !


Your question is actually more complex than it looked :)


I spent a few minutes turning it over in my (native) head, and the conclusion is in French you can't say "I'm passing you to her."!


Instead we'd shift the point of view and would say "I'm passing her to you.":


Je vous la passe. / Je te la passe.


 


I hope that's helpful!

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