Pronoms Me Te Lui Nous Vous Leur
  • An indirect object is a word or group of words that follow the verb and that are linked to it by a preposition. The indirect object refers to one or more people and usually answers the question two whom? or for whom?

Martin parle a son grande-pere Martin speaks to his grandfather. He
Il lui parle de sa vie d'etudiant. speaks to him about his life as a student.

Vous posiez des questions au prof? Did you ask the profesor any questions?
Non, on ne lui posait pas de questions. No, we did not ask him any questions.

  • Below are the indirect object pronouns. Note that only the third-person forms (lui, leur) are different from the direct object pronouns.

Les pronoms complements d'objet indirect:

me (m') to me nous to us
te (t') to you vous to you
lui to him, to her leur to them

La place des pronoms complements d'objet indirect dans la phrase

  • The rules for word order are the same as those for direct-object pronouns: an indirect-object pronoun normally directly precedes the verb of which it is the object (this may be the main verb of the sentence or an infinitive.) The exception to this word order is the affirmation imperative. In the affirmative imperative, the indirect-object pronoun follows the verb and is linked to it by a hyphen. Note that the pronoun me becomes moi in the affirmative imperative.

On ne nous demandait pas de faire They did not ask us to do oral presentation.
Ne me parle pas de tes copains! Don't speak to me about your friends! Speak to //
Parle-moi de tes cours! //me about your classes!

des exposes.

  • In the passe compose, the indirect-object pronoun precedes the auxiliary verb.

Le prof leur demande un devoir ecrit. The professor asked them for a paper.
Il ne leur pas demande un expose. He did not ask them for an oral presentation.