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French Object Pronouns

Word order


Object pronouns go in front of the verb in all* tenses, simple and compound. In compound tenses, the pronouns precede the auxiliary verb. But in dual-verb constructions, where there are two different verbs, the object pronouns go in front of the second verb.

Simple tenses

   Je lui parle. - I'm talking to him.
   Il t'aime. - He loves you.
   Nous le faisions. - We were making it.

Compound tenses

   Je lui ai parlé. - I talked to him.
   Il t'aurait aimé. - He would have loved you.
   Nous l'avons fait. - We made it.

Dual-verb constructions

   Je dois lui parler. - I have to talk to him.
   Il peut t'aimer. - He can love you.
   Nous détestons le faire. - We hate making it.

*Except the affirmative imperative

   Fais-le. - Make it.
   Aime-moi. - Love me.

Use these links to learn all about object, adverbial, and reflexive pronouns, including how to use them and correct word order.

  • Introduction to object pronouns
  • Direct objects
  • Indirect objects
  • Direct vs indirect objects
  • Y and en
  • Reflexive pronouns
  • Word order with object pronouns
  • Double object pronouns: placement/order
  • Neuter object pronoun: optional le
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