Position of object pronouns with verbs in compound tenses

Look at these sentences:

Ces épisodes? Il les avait déjà vus.These episodes? He had already seen them.

La télé? Oui, Marc l'a regardée.Telly? Yes, Marc watched it.

Et le concert ? Les enfants l'ont adoré.What about the concert? The children loved it.

Olivier t'a demandée en mariage !Olivier proposed to you!

Tu lui as parlé.You talked to her.

Ça leur est arrivé la semaine dernière.It happened to them last week.

In a sentence with a verb conjugated in a compound tense, the object pronoun, indirect or direct, is placed as follows:

Subject of the verb + object pronoun + auxiliary avoir or être + past participle

See also the more advanced lesson on past participle agreement with direct objects: Special cases when the past participle agrees (in number & gender) when used with 'avoir' in Le Passé Composé 

See also: 

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

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

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

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La télé? Oui, Marc l'a regardée.Telly? Yes, Marc watched it.
Ça leur est arrivé la semaine dernière.It happened to them last week.
Et le concert ? Les enfants l'ont adoré.What about the concert? The children loved it.
Tu lui as parlé.You talked to her.
Ces épisodes? Il les avait déjà vus.These episodes? He had already seen them.
Olivier t'a demandée en mariage !Olivier proposed to you!
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