lui or le?

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Rant

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27 November 2018

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lui or le?

How do I know if I should do "J'aime l'écouter" vs.  "J'aime lui écouter."?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Position of object pronouns with infinitives"

Chris

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28 November 2018

28/11/18

The verb écouter takes a direct object, hence it is J'aime l'écouter.

Whether a verb takes a direct or indirect object (some take both, some change meaning with one or the other) needs to be learned together with the verb. There's no hard and fast rule. For example télephoner takes an indirect object while appeler uses a direct object:

J'ai téléphoné à Marie. -- I phoned Marie (Marie is the indirect object).
J'ai appelé Marie. -- I called Marie (Marie is the direct object).

 

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