Isn't 'lui' used for 'him' and 'elle' for 'her'? Then why 'Il lui envoie deux mille roses' is translated as He sends her two thousand roses.

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Subrato

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23 October 2018

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Isn't 'lui' used for 'him' and 'elle' for 'her'? Then why 'Il lui envoie deux mille roses' is translated as He sends her two thousand roses.

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Expressing large numbers: thousands, millions and billions -

Chris

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23 October 2018

23/10/18

Lui is the indirect object for both -- il and elle. Strictly speaking, from this sentence you can't tell whether the he sent the 2000 flowers to him or her.

Anne, je lui ai envoyé des roses.
Marc, je lui ai envoyé des roses.

As indirect object, lui serves both genders. As stress pronoun, however, it only applies to the male gender:

Je pense à elle.
Je pense à lui.

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