How to use Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns Together in French [Double Object Pronouns]

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

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to use direct and indirect object pronouns together in French
  • how the object pronouns are used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to use direct and indirect object pronouns together in French
  • how you can download the Anki files for how to use direct and indirect object pronouns together in French

Please refer to the French B2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to use direct and indirect object pronouns together in French!

Table of Contents

Introduction to How to use Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns Together

In previous lessons you have learned about direct and indirect object pronouns.

The direct object pronouns are le/la/l’/les.

The indirect object pronouns are lui/leur.

There are also some shared direct and indirect object pronouns: me/te/nous/vous.

In this lesson you will learn how to use direct and indirect object pronouns together.

Please have a look at the following example.

Je vais leur envoyer l’argent

I am going to send them the money

Je vais le leur envoyer.

I am going to send it to them.

In the first example you can see the indirect object pronoun leur (them).

You are going to send money to them.

In the second example you can see the direct object pronoun le (it) and the indirect object pronoun leur (them) together.

Le has taken the place of money.

You don’t have to mention money again, because le refers to it.

You will see more examples on how to use direct and indirect object pronouns together, and how to order them.

Me/Te/Nous/Vous (Me/You/Us)

Please have a look at the following sentences.

Nous vous le demandons.

We are asking you it.

Tu me l’as donné.

You gave me it.

Il me l’a conseillé.

He advised it to me.

Je vous l’ai interdit.

I forbade you it.

Please note how both the pronouns are before the conjugated verb, or the auxiliary (in the compound tenses).

Lui/Leur (Her/Him/Them)

Please have a look at the following sentences.

Nous le lui demandons.

We are asking it to him.

Nous le leur avons dit.

We told it to them.

Je vais les lui envoyer.

I’m going to send them to him/her.

Je vais le lui envoyer.

I’m going to send it to him/her.

Je vais les leur envoyer.

I’m going to send them to them.

Please note how both the pronouns are before the conjugated verb, or the auxiliary (in the compound tenses).

Conflict of Order with using Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns Together

You may have noticed a conflict of order when it comes to using direct and indirect object pronouns together.

Please look at le in the following two examples.

Nous vous le demandons.

We are asking you it.

Nous le lui demandons.

We are asking it to him.

You can see that le is in different positions in the 2 examples.

What is then the correct order when it comes to using direct and indirect object pronouns together?

The Correct Order to using Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns Together

Position 1Position 2Position 3Position 4Position 5
me/te/nous/vousle/la/les/l’lui/leuryen

In the table you can see the correct order for how to use direct and indirect object pronouns together.

In the first position you will find: me/te/nous/vous.

In the second position you will find: le/la/les/l’.

In the third position you will find: lui/leur.

This is fixed, and cannot be changed.

In the following lessons you will learn about how to position y and en.

Example Sentences that use Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns Together

The final section of this lesson on direct and indirect object pronouns together is about seeing the object pronouns in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of direct and indirect object pronouns together through examples.

Je vais leur envoyer l’argent

I am going to send them the money

Je vais le leur envoyer.

I am going to send it to them.

Nous vous le demandons.

We are asking you it.

Tu me l’as donné.

You gave me it.

Il me l’a conseillé.

He advised it to me.

Je vous l’ai interdit.

I forbade you it.

Nous le lui demandons.

We are asking it to him.

Nous le leur avons dit.

We told it to them.

Je vais les lui envoyer.

I’m going to send them to him/her.

Je vais le lui envoyer.

I’m going to send it to him/her.

Je vais les leur envoyer.

I’m going to send them to them.

Test Your Knowledge on using Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns Together

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

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 test as many times as you want. There’s no limit to it!

Anki File for using Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns Together

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 B2 you can practice every French B2 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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