Subject vs object ...

stephen

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24 October 2017

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Subject vs object ...

I found the lesson confusing as well as the answer to this question. Je (subject) regarde (object) un film object, why was (un film) the subject. Also in the lesson its informs us that the "subject" can be replaced with with a "pronoun" , and then proceeds to replace the "object" with a "Pronoun. I do not comprehend why I am wrong."

This relates to:
What are subjects, objects, and pronouns? (grammar point) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

24 October 2017

24/10/17

Bonjour Stephen,
Perhaps there is a typo in your French phrase. . . . «regarde (object)». Regarde is actually the verb and «un film» is the object. From your email, it appears that you are an English speaker, possibly from the US educational system. If you recall from high school English, a sentence is a subject and a predicate. Everything except the subject is contained in the predicate including the verb. This, by the way, is an educational standard debate currently in France in lieu of the COD and COI. So, here is another lesson concerning replacing the subject with a pronoun:
https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/my-languages/french/glossary/1
In the lesson referenced in your question, it does not cite subject (name, noun) replacement by a pronoun; however, it can be. See the lesson mentioned above.
The best way to explain this is with an example:
I have the car. ---> J'ai la voiture. the object is «the car» or (la voiture) if we replace «une voiture) with a pronoun, in the case the feminine pronjoun «la» since voiture is a feminine noun. Then we have Je la ai. when then becomes Je l'ai.
Here are a couple of links that you might find useful:
https://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/pro1.html
https://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/pro2.html
I hope that you find this helpful.
Bonne chance.

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