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

Look at those uses of double object pronouns in imperative sentences:

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 the imperative with object pronouns, you have to consider three things:

    1. the 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. the object pronouns le/la/les  are placed before moi/toi/lui/nous/vous/leur

                 BUT the 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)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

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!


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


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Q&A

Umi

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2018

5 replies

Please! How do I form a negative sentence like: "Don't sent them to me." Thank you very much.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2018

15/01/18

Ne me les envoyez pas.
Don't send them to me.

The negation "ne...pas" brackets the reflexive indirect object "me", the direct object "les" and the verb "envoyez".


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Umi

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2018

15/01/18

Dear Chris,

WOW! Thank you very much for your extremely quick answer.
I truly appreciate it!!! Yes, you must be a very positive speaker!!!
However, we don't use any stress pronouns for the sentence like that?
For example, when we say, "Send it to me"-->"Envoie-le-moi." Is this incorrect?
That is the reason why I could not figure out how to make an impératif in negative form.
Thank you, again!!

umi

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2018

15/01/18

You use stress pronouns when it follows a preposition or comes at the end of the sentence. Neither is the case here, hence no stress pronoun.

Greetings, -- Chris.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 January 2018

15/01/18

Umi

Kwiziq community member

16 January 2018

16/01/18

Bonjour Aurélie et Chris,

Merci beaucoup pour vos explications !!

Cordialement,
umi

Chan

Kwiziq community member

13 January 2018

2 replies

So how would you say "tell me about them" when "them" refers to people?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

13 January 2018

13/01/18

Parle-moi d'eux. 


-- Chris.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 January 2018

15/01/18

or 


Parle-moi d'elles. 


if the group is exclusively feminine :)

Meghna

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2017

1 reply

Statement unclear

"parler des vacances", but "parler des enfants" for example). Is the statement missing a ´Not'?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

18 April 2017

18/04/17

Bonjour Meghna !

Thanks for letting us know about this typo: thanks to you, it's now been fixed !

Merci et bonne journée !

Andrew

Kwiziq community member

7 January 2017

1 reply

Test 870838

Could someone tell me why 'Couvrez-vous la tête!' when changed to 'Cover it' becomes 'Couvrez-la-vous' and not 'Couvrez-vous-la'? Thanks

Andrew

Kwiziq community member

7 January 2017

7/01/17

OK... 30 seconds after posting this I see point number 3 above...sorry... I'll try and remember this from now on

Kathryn

Kwiziq community member

1 July 2016

1 reply

Can you give some examples with pronominal verbs?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

22 July 2016

22/07/16

Bonjour Kathryn,

There are two examples with pronominal verbs in this lesson:

Vous vous y amusez. - Amusez-vous-y !

Donne-t'en!
How has your day been?