Reflexive + direct object (double pronouns)

Look at these cases combining direct object and reflexive pronouns:

 

Je me les lave tous les jours.
I wash them every day.

 

Tu te les brosses toutes les nuits.
You brush them every night.

 

Elle se l'est blessée pendant les vacances. (la jambe)
She hurt it during the holidays. (her leg)

 

Nous nous l'imaginons blonde aux yeux bleus.
We picture her blond with blue eyes.

 

Elles se les sont coiffées. (les cheveux) 
They combed it (their hair).

 

There are two important patterns to notice in these sentences that are different to English. 

1) the two pronouns both go before the verb:
 
Je me brosse les dents -> Je me les brosse.
I'm brushing my teeth -> I'm brushing them
 
2) The order is ALWAYS:
 
    me/te/se/nous/vous/se  (before)  le/la/l'/les
 

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Tu te les brosses toutes les nuits.
You brush them every night.


Elle se l'est blessée pendant les vacances. (la jambe)
She hurt it during the holidays. (her leg)


Elles se les sont coiffées. (les cheveux) 
They combed it (their hair).


Nous nous l'imaginons blonde aux yeux bleus.
We picture her blond with blue eyes.


Je me les lave tous les jours.
I wash them every day.


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JaGGaC1Kwiziq community member

Some more varied examples please

Hi,

Can we please get some more varied examples using "le" and "la" in addition to the existing examples using "les" and "l'". 

Merci beaucoup 

Asked 3 months ago
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Some more varied examples please

Hi,

Can we please get some more varied examples using "le" and "la" in addition to the existing examples using "les" and "l'". 

Merci beaucoup 

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ShreyA1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Replacing à + object with ‘y’

Bonjour Madame, 

A sentence from the lesson states -  

Nous nous l'imaginons blonde aux yeux bleus. 

Could “aux yeux bleus” be replaced with “y” as and be correct -

Nous nous l’y imaginons blonde. ? 

Merci beaucoup !

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

iI Shrey,

No,  as a pronoun replaces a previously mentioned noun or noun phrase.

In this case you wouldn't know what you are talking about and it doesn't make any sense....

ShreyA1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Thanks ma’am for highlighting the same . It does sound ambiguous. Merci encore. Cordialement, Shrey.

Replacing à + object with ‘y’

Bonjour Madame, 

A sentence from the lesson states -  

Nous nous l'imaginons blonde aux yeux bleus. 

Could “aux yeux bleus” be replaced with “y” as and be correct -

Nous nous l’y imaginons blonde. ? 

Merci beaucoup !

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OriettaA2Kwiziq community member

exercises for relatie pronouns

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
What's your question. 

exercises for relatie pronouns

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JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Why is it not Je me les brosses (les dents) rather than je me les brosse?

Asked 2 years ago
LisaB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Hi J, It's because the subject of the verb is 'Je'. So in English, it's 'I brush' and in French 'Je (me) brosse. The verb agrees with the subject and not the object (teeth). And brosser is regular, so Je brosse, etc.
JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Merci bien, I had forgotten the reflex and was into the preceding direct object.. so easy to get lost in the maze.
NoeleenC1Kwiziq community member

Hi i too teplied je les couvres instead of je les couvre... 

so if ive understood corectly it would be tu les couvres 

elles les couvrent ?? 

Subject rather object

JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Hi Noeleen,  you have, I believe, just upped the confusion stakes another level.  It is only the past participle of the verb that agrees with the preceeding direct object and then only when the auxiliary verb is avoir.  The être verbs in the passé composé agree with the subject.  In the present tense verb construction there is no agreement with the object so yes je les couvre, tu les couvres.  I think this is right but you definitely had me going for a minute.
JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
And of course I too had forgoten that.  Witness my original question.  Oh dear!

Why is it not Je me les brosses (les dents) rather than je me les brosse?

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SukanyaA0Kwiziq community member

I still have not understood the usage of double nous and vous

Nous nous l'imaginons blonde aux yeux bleus
Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Sukanya, Reflexive verbs require a reflexive pronoun: Je me lève, Tu te lèves, etc. In the case of nous and vous, the reflexive pronoun is the same as the subject pronoun: Nous nous levons, Vous vous levez. The lesson you've responded to is fairly advanced; please take a look at this more basic one and let me know if you still have questions: https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/glossary/pronoun-type/pronoms-reflechis-reflexive-pronouns
SukanyaA0Kwiziq community member
merci beacoup!!

I still have not understood the usage of double nous and vous

Nous nous l'imaginons blonde aux yeux bleus

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