French Grammar Guide for non-francophones

Order of Object Pronouns

Questions about Pronouns Order

Q: Why is it je le regarde and NOT je regarde le?

Pronouns always come before the verb in French (unless it is an imperative sentence).

Q: Why is it Il la leur donne and NOT Il leur la donne?

Pronouns appear in a specific order. Make sure that leur comes after le, la and les.

Q: Why is it Faites-le and not Faites le?

In imperative sentences (commands), the pronoun is attached to the verb with a hyphen.

Q: Why is it Ne lui parle de cela and NOT Ne parle pas lui de cela?

In negative commands, pronouns come before the verb.


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