How to Position Object Pronouns in French [+11 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to position object pronouns in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • what the direct and indirect object pronouns are
  • how to position object pronouns in French with simple tenses
  • how to position object pronouns in French with infinitives
  • how to use object pronouns in French in sentences
  • how to quiz yourself on how to position object pronouns in French
  • the way to download Anki files for how to position object pronouns in French

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French A2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to position object pronouns in French.

Table of Contents

Table of Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns

Subject PronounDirect Object PronounIndirect Object Pronoun
jeme/m’me/m’
tute/t’te/t’
ille/l’lui
ellela/l’lui
nousnousnous
vousvousvous
ils/elleslesleur

Simple Tenses

In sentences with a conjugated verb, object pronouns are placed between the subject and the conjugated verb.

  • subject object pronoun conjugated verb

J’aime mon père. Je l’aime.

I love my father. I love him.

Tu regardes le match. Tu le regardes.

You are watching the game. You are watching it.

Stella déteste la musique. Stella la déteste.

Stella hates music. Stella hates it.

Nous parlons à votre mari. Nous lui parlons.

We are talking to your husband. We are talking to him.

Ils nettoient la voiture. Ils la nettoient.

They are cleaning the room. They are cleaning it.

Infinitives

In sentences with infinitives, object pronouns are placed before the infinitive.

Je veux le faire.

I want to do it.

Tu peux le prendre.

You can take it.

Elle va lui parler.

She is going to talk to him.

Nous allons leur acheter de la nourriture.

We’re buying food for them.

Vous voulez l’acheter ?

Do you want to buy it?

Ils vont leur demander où se trouve l’hôtel.

They are going to ask them where the hotel is.

Please don’t forget that le/la becomes l’, if the pronoun is followed by a vowel or mute h.

Examples Sentences on How to Use Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns in French

The final section of this lesson on how to use position object pronouns in French is about seeing the object pronouns in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to position object pronouns in French sentences through examples.

Hear you can see all of the sentences of the previous chapter, neatly stored in one place.

J’aime mon père. Je l’aime.

I love my father. I love him.

Je veux le faire.

I want to do it.

Tu regardes le match. Tu le regardes.

You are watching the game. You are watching it.

Tu peux le prendre.

You can take it.

Stella déteste la musique. Stella la déteste.

Stella hates music. Stella hates it.

Elle va lui parler.

She is going to talk to him.

Nous parlons à votre mari. Nous lui parlons.

We are talking to your husband. We are talking to him.

Nous allons leur acheter de la nourriture.

We’re buying food for them.

Vous voulez l’acheter ?

Do you want to buy it?

Ils nettoient la voiture. Ils la nettoient.

They are cleaning the room. They are cleaning it.

Ils vont leur demander où se trouve l’hôtel.

They are going to ask them where the hotel is.

Quiz Yourself on How to Position Object Pronouns in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for How to Position Object Pronouns in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A2 you can practice every French A2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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