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Utilizing Pronouns Correctly

If the pronoun replaces a third person direct object, it is le or la at the singular, depending on the gender, and les if a plural. If the pronoun replaces an indirect object, we use lui at the singular and leur at the plural.

  • Je vois Jean-Paul. direct object : Je le vois.

  • J’ai envoyé une lettre à Charlotte : Indirect object: Je lui ai envoyé une lettre

  • Je n’ai pas regardé la télé : Direct object : Je ne l‘ai pas regardée. (l’ for la before a vowel)

  • Tu a parlé à tes amis de tes problèmes : Two cases here: the first pronoun replaces an indirect plural object, so leur is used, the second pronoun replaces something introduced by the préposition de so it’s always en : Je leur en ai parlé.

See also: “Chacun en ce qui lui/le concerne”

I — Tu vois Jean-Paul là-bas ?
— Oui, je lui vois.

correction: Oui, je le vois.

The COD form is “le” for masculine nouns, “la” for feminine

II — As-tu envoyé une lettre à Charlotte ?
— Oui, je la ai envoyé une longue lettre la semaine dernière.

correction: Oui, je lui ai envoyé une longue lettre la semaine dernière.


Oui, je lui en ai envoyé une longue la semaine dernière.

“Lui” is the form for the COI and it is used both for the masculine and feminine antecedents. In the second possibility the pronoun “en” stands for “lettre”.

III — As-tu regardé la télé hier soir ?
— Non, je ne le ai pas regardée du tout. J’avais trop de devoirs !

correction: — Non, je ne l’ ai pas regardée du tout. J’avais trop de devoirs !

The pronoun is really “la”, as you supposed, however, before a vowel sound it must have its elided form, which is “l” and it is then separated from the word that follows by an apostrophe.

IV — Parles-tu à tes amis de tes problèmes ?
— Oui, je ai en parle.

correction: Oui, je leur en parle.

Here, the COI plural pronoun is missing; it is the same for all genders and its form is “leur”.
There is also an incomprehensible error but the pronoun “en” is right. The tense used in the question is the present, the particular sort being “présent d’habitude”; therefore, if the answer is a confirmation of the action, as the introducing “oui” indicates, the tense must be the same. If the answer had been in the negative, then the tense could have been another one, but then the sentence would not be logical unless ther is a supplement of information (for instance, as in “Non, je leur en ai parlé par le passé mais plus maintenant.”).


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