Direct Object Pronouns

Les pronoms objets directs

Introduction Introduction
Direct objects are the nouns, pronouns, or noun phrases that receive the action of the verb. In the sentence “I love him”, the direct object is “him”, while the subject is “I”.

In French when the direct object is a personal pronoun - such as "me", "him" or "her" - it can often be different from the personal subject pronoun. For instance il (he) becomes le (him) and elle (she) becomes la (her).

In French, direct object pronouns typically go before the last verb in the sentence:

   Je l'écoute.
   I listen to him.

The exception to this is when the verb is in the imperative mood for positive commands. In this case it comes after the verb and attached with a hyphen:

   Parle-nous.
   Talk to us.
Singular First-person
Play me
me myself
Play m'
me
Second-person
Play te
you informal
Play t'
you
Third-person
Play le
him it masculine
Play la
her it feminine
Plural First-person
Play nous
us
Second-person
Play vous
you all you formal
Third-person
Play les
them
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