Position of direct and indirect object pronouns with negation

Look at these negative sentences:

Tu l'aimes ? -Non, je ne l'aime pas du tout !
Do you love him? - No, I don't love him at all!

Je regarde les dessins animés, et toi ? -Non, je ne les regarde pas.
I watch cartoons, and you? -No, I don't watch them.

Tu lui parles souvent ? -Non, je ne lui parle que le weekend.
Do you speak to her often? - No, I only speak to her on weekends.

Je vous vois ... ah non, je ne vous vois plus.
I see you ... oh no, I don't see you any more.

When using object pronouns (direct and indirect) with negation, you will place the pronoun(s) between ne/n' and the conjugated verb, as follows:

ne/n' + pronoun + verb + pas / plus / pas du tout / que / jamais ...

 

See also lessons on object pronouns:

Me, te, nous, vous = Me, you, us, you (direct and indirect object pronouns) 

Replacing nouns with le, la, l', les = it, him, her, them (direct object pronouns)

Replacing people with lui, leur = him, her, them (indirect object pronouns)   

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Je vous vois ... ah non, je ne vous vois plus.
I see you ... oh no, I don't see you any more.


Tu lui parles souvent ? -Non, je ne lui parle que le weekend.
Do you speak to her often? - No, I only speak to her on weekends.


Je regarde les dessins animés, et toi ? -Non, je ne les regarde pas.
I watch cartoons, and you? -No, I don't watch them.


Tu l'aimes ? -Non, je ne l'aime pas du tout !
Do you love him? - No, I don't love him at all!


Q&A Forum 6 questions, 9 answers

incorrect audio in example

In the lesson about position of direct/indirect objects with negation, there's this example:Je regarde les dessins animés, et toi ? -Non, je ne les regarde pas.In the audio, the second part sounds like "non, je n'ai regarde pas" -- the "l" isn't audible. Just fyi.

Asked 3 months ago
AurélieKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Bonjour Margaret !

Indeed, the audio for these examples was quite underwhelming ;)

Thanks to you, I've updated them all!

Merci et bonne journée !

incorrect audio in example

In the lesson about position of direct/indirect objects with negation, there's this example:Je regarde les dessins animés, et toi ? -Non, je ne les regarde pas.In the audio, the second part sounds like "non, je n'ai regarde pas" -- the "l" isn't audible. Just fyi.

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RobC1

Negation with both direct and indirect pronouns in passé composé

It might be useful to incorporate the above into a lesson and give the rules for this type of construction, for example explaining the word order in sentences such as:

Je ne le lui ai pas donné hier - I didn't give it to him yesterday

Asked 7 months ago

Negation with both direct and indirect pronouns in passé composé

It might be useful to incorporate the above into a lesson and give the rules for this type of construction, for example explaining the word order in sentences such as:

Je ne le lui ai pas donné hier - I didn't give it to him yesterday

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Regarding (again) negation with direct object pronouns in passé composé...

I'm still a bit confused. To change the sentence "Il ne veut pas me parler" to passé composé, it would be "Il n'a pas voulu me parler." Right? But we had an example in class that was: "En classe, la prof vous parle (à toi et aux autres élèves)?" In our response, we were supposed to change it to negative passé composé. The answer our instructor gave was "Non, en class, la prof ne nous a pas parlée." I'm not understanding why it wouldn't follow the structure of the first example and be "Non, en class, la prof n'a pas nous parlée." Could you please shed some light on the differences in sentence structure between this response and the first example, and what the rules are? Thanks in advance.

Asked 7 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Nicole,

It is because in the first example you have two verbs -

Vouloir parler which changes the order. As opposed to just parler in the second one ...

Otherwise it would be 

“ non, la prof n’a pas voulu nous parler”

 

Hope this helps!

Thanks once again, Cécile!

Regarding (again) negation with direct object pronouns in passé composé...

I'm still a bit confused. To change the sentence "Il ne veut pas me parler" to passé composé, it would be "Il n'a pas voulu me parler." Right? But we had an example in class that was: "En classe, la prof vous parle (à toi et aux autres élèves)?" In our response, we were supposed to change it to negative passé composé. The answer our instructor gave was "Non, en class, la prof ne nous a pas parlée." I'm not understanding why it wouldn't follow the structure of the first example and be "Non, en class, la prof n'a pas nous parlée." Could you please shed some light on the differences in sentence structure between this response and the first example, and what the rules are? Thanks in advance.

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Could someone please help me out with a few examples of direct object pronouns in negation in passé composé? Or is there a lesson on this? Thanks.

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Nicole,

Here are a few examples -

Non, je ne l’ai pas vu hier = No, I didn’t see him yesterday 

Non, je ne les ai jamais aimés = No, I have never liked them

Non, je ne lui ai parlé que samedi = No, I only spoke to him on Saturday 

I believe a sister lesson will be added but hope this helps in the meantime....

 

 

Thanks, Cécile. I did find the answer in the meantime but having these extra examples will definitely help to solidify my understanding. I do hope a sister lesson will be added, since this can be a confusing construction. Thanks again!   :)

Could someone please help me out with a few examples of direct object pronouns in negation in passé composé? Or is there a lesson on this? Thanks.

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however for a question like : est ce que quelqu'un leur a raconté? how would we answer it in negatif

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

Personne ne leur a raconté. 

-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

Personne ne leur a raconté. 

-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

however for a question like : est ce que quelqu'un leur a raconté? how would we answer it in negatif

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direct and indirect pronouns

If in a sentence, there are a few pronouns, then how can we put them? ex : J'ai quelquels choses importantes à te dire dans mon bureau. so I should write " je les ai à t'y dire." is it right? I find out it's weird. so please, correct it for me. thanks in advance.
Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq language super star

Bonjour,

First, we have to correct the original French sentence.

You can't say "quelques choses" - it's either quelque chose (singular) or des choses (plural).

Second, since there are two verbs, you have to figure out which pronouns go with each verb. Quelque chose / des choses go with avoir, so le (to replace quelque chose) or en (to replace des choses) goes in front of ai. Te and y (to replace dans mon bureau) go with dire.

So the sentence with all the pronouns is either Je l'ai à t'y dire or J'en ai à t'y dire, but honestly, they both sound pretty weird. I would just keep quelque chose / des choses as a noun.

Thanks Laura. I understand what you mean, but I often confuse, if there are several pronouns for replacing in a sentence. have a nice week.

direct and indirect pronouns

If in a sentence, there are a few pronouns, then how can we put them? ex : J'ai quelquels choses importantes à te dire dans mon bureau. so I should write " je les ai à t'y dire." is it right? I find out it's weird. so please, correct it for me. thanks in advance.

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