Les pronoms compléments
(direct object pronouns)

Direct objects are the people or things in a sentence which receive the action of the verb.

To find the direct object in a sentence, ask the question Who? or What?

I see Pierre.     

Je vois Pierre.

Who do I see? Pierre.

I'm eating the bread.       

Je mange le pain.

What am I eating? - Bread.

Direct object pronouns are the words that replace the direct object, so that we don't say things like "Marie was at the bank today. When I saw Marie I smiled." It's much more natural to say "Marie was at the bank today. When I saw her, I smiled".

The French direct object pronouns are

me / m'  = me
te / t'  =  you
le / l'  = him, it
la / l'  =  her, it
nous  = us
vous  =  you
les  = them

Me and te change to m' and t' , respectively, in front of a vowel or mute H . Le and la both change to l' .

French direct object pronouns are placed in front of the verb :

I'm eating it.

Je le mange.

He sees her.

Il la voit.

I love you.

Je t'aime.

You love me.

Tu m'aimes.

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