How to Use Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns in French

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to use direct and indirect object pronouns in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • what the direct and indirect object pronouns are
  • how to use direct and indirect object pronouns in French
  • how to quiz yourself on how to use direct and indirect object pronouns in French
  • the way to download Anki files for how to use direct and indirect 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 use direct and indirect 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

How to use Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns in French

We learnt in the previous lessons that it is possible to replace object nouns with direct object pronouns (le, la, l’, and les), and with indirect object pronouns (lui, and leur).

That part was the most difficult.

This lesson is significantly easier, as all other remaining options (me/m’, te/t’, nous, vous) are exactly the same for both direct and indirect object pronouns.

In this lesson we will tackle the remaining options.

Je te donne ma bague.

I am giving you my ring.

Je t’aime !

I love you!

Est-ce que tu m’aimes ?

Do you love me?

Il nous pose une question.

He is asking us a question.

Elle vous demande si vous aimez le thé.

She’s asking you if you like tea.

Clara nous parle.

Clara is talking to us.

Vous m’attendez ?

Are you waiting for me?

As you can see, the direct and indirect pronouns always come before the verb.

The following lesson goes into more detail as to the placement of direct and indirect object nouns.

I have made an English translation of the pronouns in the next chapter.

This can make things easier sometimes, as so much French can be a bit indimidating.

The Pronouns In English

Subject PronounEnglish Direct/Indirect Object PronounEnglish
jeIme/m’me
tuyoute/t’you
nouswenousus
vousyouvousyou

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

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

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

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

Je te donne ma bague.

I am giving you my ring.

Je t’aime !

I love you!

Est-ce que tu m’aimes ?

Do you love me?

Il nous pose une question.

He is asking us a question.

Elle vous demande si vous aimez le thé.

She’s asking you if you like tea.

Clara nous parle.

Clara is talking to us.

Vous m’attendez ?

Are you waiting for me?

Quiz Yourself on How to Use Direct and Indirect 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 Use Direct and Indirect 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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