In the case of verbs using 'à quelqu'un' like sourire, répondre , téléphoner, dire... you will use indirect object pronouns and they will come before the verb. They are:
me, te, lui, nous, vous, leur
Hope this helps!
I have the same question, but your answer didn’t help me.
Are you saying that if the quelqu’un is not a specific 3rd person, then you must use an indirect object pronoun ?
Or maybe another way to say it is that “à + stress pronoun” after the verb must always be replaced with the corresponding indirect object pronoun before the verb.
Jean sourit à Marie ( ma sœur, le chien, etc. ) ? ... Oui, il lui sourit !!!
How about compound objects ?
Il sourit à Marie et moi.
I will try and explain it with examples -
Jean sourit à moi -----> Jean me sourit
Jean sourit au chien------> Jean lui sourit
Jean sourit à ma sœur -----> Jean lui sourit
Jean sourit à toi ----> Jean te sourit
Jean sourit à Marie et à moi ----> Jean nous sourit
Jean sourit à Marie et à Julien -----> Jean leur sourit
Hope this helps!
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The question still remains: is “Il sourit à moi” WRONG ?
If so, please add an explanation to the lesson.
I know how to replace an indirect object with the proper indirect object pronoun; as per your examples. But, are the left-hand sides of #1 & #4 of your examples WRONG ?
“Il sourit à moi.” was marked as incorrect in the quiz. I know that this is equivalent to “Il me sourit.” But is it WRONG ? Or is Kwiziq wrong in marking it as incorrect ?
Merci d’avance pour votre réponse
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Il sourit à moi/lui/eux etc. isn't great French so it won't be encouraged .
You won't hear an adult French person saying this, only very young children until they know better.
Il sourit à Marie , however, is correct.
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