Bonjour Michael !
Non, in French, you say inviter [quelqu'un] :)
Bonne journée !
Not according to the French-English Dictionary on the Internet, which is usually pretty darned good!
inviter Verb, transitive to invite, ask (à, to)
It is inviter quelqu'un à quelque chose. -- To invite someone (direct object) to something (indirect object).
Anne? Je l'ai invitée à la fête. -- Anne? I invited her tonthe party.
I believe your confusion may lie in the understanding of the terms transitve/intransitive in relation to verbs.
A transitive verb takes a direct object, i.e. there is no preposition between the verb and its object, so in this case 'I invite Anne'. The dictionary entry goes on the mention 'à' but this is subsequent to the direct object, e.g.I invite Anne to the party.
Intransitive verbs either take no object (e.g. I exist) or they take an indirect object, i.e. an object coupled to the verb by a preposition (e.g. I sit on the floor).
The key in dictionary entries is whether the verb is marked transitive (vt) or intransitive (vi) or both!
Hope this helps and I apologise if you already know this stuff
Thanks, Tom but how does this theory fit with DIRE (Verb TRANSITIVE) and an example like je LUI ai dit que c'était trop tard I told him (that) it was too late?????
This can be explained by using slightly different terminology.
Verbs can be 1. Transitive direct (take a direct object) 2. Transitive indirect (take an indirect object) 3. Intransitive (take no object). This terminology is probably clearer than that used in my previous reply.
Transitive direct - J'ai attrapé le ballon; Transitive indirect - J'ai télephoné à Jean; Intransitive -J'existe
Some verbs such as DIRE are both Transitive direct and Transitive indirect
Transitive direct - Je dis la vérité; Transitive Indirect - J'ai dit à Jean: "Ferme la porte"
Hope this makes things clearer.
Tahnks for your response, again.
I do "get it", but wonder if there is a list of which verbs are which???
I have the same question... Should it not be... Qui lui a invité? I thought the verb "inviter" is "inviter à"?
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