seems like a direct object, and not an indirect object

Robin

Kwiziq community member

13 December 2018

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seems like a direct object, and not an indirect object

I used les because it seemed like a direct object to me.  So I could find helpful more clarity on why this is not a direct object in the sentence.  Thank you.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Replacing people with lui, leur = him, her, them (indirect object pronouns)"

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

13 December 2018

13/12/18

Hi Robin, what was the sentence? 

Robin

Kwiziq community member

13 December 2018

13/12/18

Thank you but never mind my question please.  I just re-read a lesson and since the verb required a preposition, that made the object indirect.  I should just read more before asking a question!

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

14 December 2018

14/12/18

No worries! Yes, if the verb the requires a preposition when used with an ordinary noun then the object is indirect (I think of the preposition as getting in the way of the object and the verb, so it's not in 'direct' contact). It's also worth bearing in mind that we can't rely on English to tell us if it's indirect or direct. Many verbs that take direct objects in English take indirect objects in French and vice versa, so you need to think about the form in French used with a noun and then work from there. 

Hope that helps!

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