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ca

Kwiziq community member

7 October 2018

8 replies

May I ask this?

ll envoie les fleurs à Sophie

to 

ll les lui envoie. Why not 

ll lui les envoie 

is this totally wrong? Please clarify. Thank you. 

This relates to:
Me, te, nous, vous = Me, you, us, you (direct and indirect object pronouns) -

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

7 October 2018

7/10/18

Hi Ca,

This is because of the order of multiple pronouns in a French sentence- 

The direct object pronouns (les) will be before the indirect object ones (lui).

Take a look at the following lesson for further examples:

Using direct and indirect object pronouns together (double object pronouns)

Hope this helps!

ca

Kwiziq community member

8 October 2018

8/10/18

Hi, I just check that. 

 ll envoie les fleurs à Sophie 

To 

ll les lui envoie. 

ll te la envoie. 

Is the only way say this? 

is ll lui... In any situation would be wrong?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

9 October 2018

9/10/18

Hi Ca,

Il les lui envoie Il envoie les fleurs à Sophie

Il te l'envoie = Il envoie la lettre/le livre à toi

Il te les envoie = Il envoie les fleurs à toi

Il lui parle/envoie = he speaks /sends to him/her

Hope this helps, let me know if still unclear....

Chris

Kwiziq community member

9 October 2018

9/10/18

Here is a nice self contained article which explains the pronomial order in French:

https://www.dummies.com/languages/french/object-pronoun-word-order-in-french/

ca

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2018

11/10/18

Hi Cécile,

Do you mean ll lui is possible to use like ll lui parle/ll lui envoie

but if ll les lui that's the only way to explain ll envoie les fleurs à Sophie.

ll lui les, les can't be the indirect object here? 

ca

Kwiziq community member

11 October 2018

11/10/18

thanks Chris for sharing the link.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

11 October 2018

11/10/18

Hi Ca, 

You cannot say :

Il lui les  

always -

Il les lui ....envoie

 

ca

Kwiziq community member

12 October 2018

12/10/18

Hi Cécile, 

Merci beaucoup.

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