"Qui l'a invité" is correct in the answers. isnt it INVITER À qn?? Isn't it an INDIRECT pronoun??

MichaelC1Kwiziq community member

"Qui l'a invité" is correct in the answers. isnt it INVITER À qn?? Isn't it an INDIRECT pronoun??

Asked 5 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member

Bonjour Michael !

Non, in French, you say inviter [quelqu'un]  :)

Bonne journée !

MichaelC1Kwiziq community member

Not according to the French-English Dictionary on the Internet, which is usually pretty darned good!

inviter Verb, transitive to invite, ask (à, to)

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

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. 

TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor


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

MichaelC1Kwiziq community member

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?????

TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

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.


MichaelC1Kwiziq community member

Tahnks for your response, again.

I do "get it", but wonder if there is a list of which verbs are which???

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
No list that I know of. Many verbs can belong to more than one group. So it's best to learn this with every new verb you acquire. Remember, learning a language is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself and find ways to continue to enjoy the process. It all falls into place eventually. 
DoriB2Kwiziq community member

I have the same question... Should it not be... Qui lui a invité? I thought the verb "inviter" is "inviter à"?

PrincessA1Kwiziq community member

Same question 

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"Qui l'a invité" is correct in the answers. isnt it INVITER À qn?? Isn't it an INDIRECT pronoun??

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