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Direct object pronouns - me, te, le…

This Revision Bite will give you practice in using direct object pronouns me, te, le, la... in French.

Direct object pronoun

A direct object pronoun replaces a noun that is the object of a sentence. The direct object pronouns in French are:

  • me (me)
  • te (you)
  • le (him/it)
  • la (her/it)
  • nous (us)
  • vous (you)
  • les (them)

The pronoun comes before all parts of the verb:

  • J'aime les légumes (I like vegetables) --> Je les aime (I like them)
  • Nous avons mangé les gâteaux de ta mère (We ate your mother's cakes) --> Nous les avons mangés (We ate them)

If the verb is followed by a verb in the infinitive, the pronoun comes before the infinitive:

  • J'aime la regarder (I like to look at her)
  • Nous allons vous attendre à la gare (We're going to wait for you at the train station)

Before a vowel or a silent h, me changes to m', te changes to t', le and la change to l':

  • Elle m'aime (She loves me)
  • Je t'aime (I love you)
  • Nous l'avons mangé (We ate it)

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