Using double object pronouns in affirmative commands (L'Impératif)

Look at those uses of double object pronouns in sentences in Mode impératif:

Tu me les donnes. - Donne-les-moi !
You give them to me. - Give them to me!

Vous vous y amusez. - Amusez-vous-y !
You have fun there. - Have fun there!

Tu le lui envoies. - Envoie-le-lui!
You send it to him. - Send it to him!

When you use Impératif with object pronouns, you have to consider three things:

    1. Object pronouns me/te become stress pronouns moi/toi 
    2. The verb comes first, followed by the two object pronouns, each hyphenated (-) to the word before
    3. Direct object pronouns le/la/les are placed before indirect object pronouns moi/toi/lui/nous/vous/leur

                 BUT 

              Adverbial pronouns en/y are placed after moi/toi/lui/nous/vous/leur
              and moi/toi become m' and t'

ATTENTION:

You don't put an hyphen between the two pronouns, when using t' / m' before y or en.

Donne-t'en!
Give yourself some!

Parle-m'en!
Tell me about it!  
Tell me about them!

 -> Note that en here can replace a plural noun referring to things but NOT people (parler des vacances, but not parler des enfants for example)
See also En can replace de + phrase (adverbial pronoun)

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Examples and resources

Vous vous y amusez. - Amusez-vous-y !
You have fun there. - Have fun there!


Donne-t'en!
Give yourself some!


Tu me les donnes. - Donne-les-moi !
You give them to me. - Give them to me!


Tu le lui envoies. - Envoie-le-lui!
You send it to him. - Send it to him!


Parle-m'en!
Tell me about it!  
Tell me about them!


Q&A

Shrey

Kwiziq community member

19 May 2019

6 replies

Cover your head ! Couvrez-vous-la! OR Couvrez-la-vous!

The verb used is “se couvrir” but would ‘la’ precede ‘vous’ ? 

Is it that “vous” here is a Reflexive Pronoun ? If so , there is a lesson stating at Kwiziq that reflexive pronouns precede direct object pronouns -

Reflexive + direct object (double pronouns)

I suppose that here vous behaves like an indirect object pronoun. Is this the justification?

Madame, please guide how to figure this out .

Merci encore . Cordialement, 

Shrey.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

20 May 2019

20/05/19

It is couvrez-vous-la ! -- Put on your hat! (more literally: cover your head)

As you point out, vous is the reflexive, since the verb is se couvrir. La is the pronoun for the direct object (la tête).

Shrey

Kwiziq community member

20 May 2019

20/05/19

Would like an answer from Madame Cécile as well 

Merci

Alan

Kwiziq community member

9 June 2019

9/06/19

For what it's worth, the answer that is accepted as correct in the test is "Couvrez-la-vous !"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

10 June 2019

10/06/19

Bonjour à tous !

Indeed, here you are correct when you point out that "se couvrir" is the reflexive verb, therefore our question was incorrect.

We're so sorry about that, the question has now been removed to be replaced with an appropriate case :)

So, just to be clear, the correct sentence is :
Couvrez-vous la !

Merci beaucoup et bonne journée !

Alan

Kwiziq community member

10 June 2019

10/06/19

Hi Aurélie, is this definitely correct? I would be interested on your opinions on this thread:

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/fr-imp%C3%A9ratif-and-reflexive-pronouns.913557/

Alan

Kwiziq community member

10 June 2019

10/06/19

Maybe a more common example is:

Lavez-vous les mains. Lavez-les-vous.

If you google "lavez-les-vous" you can find this example in some textbooks, and a few adverts for things like Dove soap, Dettol etc.

Shrey

Kwiziq community member

8 April 2019

0 replies

Doubt in Ordering of Double Pronouns

Bonjour Kwiziq Experts !

A rule from the lesson states- 

Adverbial pronouns en/y are placed after moi/toi/lui/nous/vous/leur  and moi/toi become m' and t’

Can it be elaborated by using the following- en/ y are placed after moi/toi/lui/l’/nous/vous/leur/les.

Accompagne-l’y ! -> Accompany him there ! (Here, l’ is a direct object which is better as compared to lui)

Conduis-les-y ! -> Drive them there ! (Here too, les is a direct object used instead of leur)

Just curious to know whether direct object too satisfy this rule or only indirect object pronouns could be used before en/y .

Merci encore !

Shrey

Kwiziq community member

5 April 2019

4 replies

Small addition in the lesson

Bonjour Kwiziq Experts !

A rule from the lesson states- 

Adverbial pronouns en/y are placed after moi/toi/lui/nous/vous/leur  and moi/toi become m' and t’

Can it be elaborated by using the following- en/ y are placed after moi/toi/lui/l’/nous/vous/leur/les.

Accompagne-l’y ! -> Accompany him there ! (Here, l’ is a direct object which is better as compared to lui)

Conduis-les-y ! -> Drive them there ! (Here too, les is a direct object used instead of leur)

Just curious to know whether direct object too satisfy this rule or only indirect object pronouns could be used before en/y .

Merci encore !

Chris

Kwiziq community member

8 April 2019

8/04/19

The adverbial pronouns en and y always come after direct and indirect object pronouns. If both of them are present, y precedes en.

Il y en a trois. -- There are three of them.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

8 April 2019

8/04/19

Here is a webpage explaining it in more detail:

https://www.dummies.com/languages/french/object-pronoun-word-order-in-french/

Shrey

Kwiziq community member

8 April 2019

8/04/19

But this was not what I asked ?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

9 April 2019

9/04/19

Sorry, Shrey, I interpreted this sentence in your post "Just curious to know whether direct object too satisfy this rule or only indirect object pronouns could be used before en/y," as asking about what comes first and what second.

The two examples you give seem correct to me:

Accompagne-l'y! and Conduis-les-y!

Diane

Kwiziq community member

20 March 2019

3 replies

Sorry for previous two questions: keyboard problems! How would you say “Give me some” when some refers to people (or dogs etc)?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

20 March 2019

20/03/19

Hi Diane,

Give me some = Donne/z - m'en 

Can't think of an example involving people or dogs maybe if you elaborate I'll be able to answer you more precisely ...

 

Diane

Kwiziq community member

20 March 2019

20/03/19

Thanks Cécile. It was a general question prompted by the comment that ‘en’ cannot be used to replace a plural noun referring to people or other animate objects. I can see that if you are trying to say ‘Speak to me about them’, you would say ‘Parle-moi d’elles (or d’eux)’ but couldn’t work out how you would say ‘some’ referring to animate objects with the imperative. Perhaps ‘Show me some (dogs)’ would be a better example?

Diane

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

21 March 2019

21/03/19

You would probably would have to say :

Montrez-moi des chiens ...

Diane

Kwiziq community member

20 March 2019

1 reply

How would you say “

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

20 March 2019

20/03/19

answered

Diane

Kwiziq community member

20 March 2019

1 reply

How would you say “give

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

20 March 2019

20/03/19

answered

Diane

Kwiziq community member

20 March 2019

0 replies

How would you say “give

Bill

Kwiziq community member

26 January 2019

2 replies

Take some!

Bonjour, take some =

prends-t'en ou prenez-vous-en?

Merci

Chris

Kwiziq community member

27 January 2019

27/01/19

It's just prends-en un or prenez-en un.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

29 January 2019

29/01/19

Hi Bill,

Take some = Prends-en or Prenez-en 

Take one = Prends-en un or Prenez-en un 

 

Bill

Kwiziq community member

17 December 2018

2 replies

Bonjour

What if you wanted to say "Give him to me", would that be "Donne-lui-moi"?  Or would that also be "Donne-le-moi"?

Does "donne-lui-moi" exist?

Merci

Bill

Kwiziq community member

17 December 2018

17/12/18

I think it would be the latter, because "he" is a direct object in this construction, so i'm guessing donne-lui-moi doesn't exist, that would mean give to me to him which doesn't make sense.

But i'm not sure, would appreciate confirmation or correction, merci.

Bill

Kwiziq community member

17 December 2018

17/12/18

Can ignore - no need to reply.  It's donne-le-moi and donne-lui-moi doesn't exist.  I wish i could delete my original question

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

30 October 2018

1 reply

Couvrez-vous la tête...couvrez-la vous

Is it possible to add this example to the lesson on double object pronouns.  At moment there's no example if changing from a command in that form and the substitution of object...not sure of placement rule...

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

31 October 2018

31/10/18

Please ignore this question!
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