French verbs that require an indirect object pronoun

Cheryl

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23 June 2017

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French verbs that require an indirect object pronoun

The French verb appeler, to call: if you wanted to say: "I am calling her", would you use a direct or an indirect object pronoun, please? .. Je l'appelle ? (l' = la: direct object pronoun)...or... Je lui appelle ? (lui = to her, indirect object pronoun). For example, you must use only an indirect object pronoun when using these verbs: écrire; envoyer; rendre, and many others, etc. What about this verb appeler, please? Calling her, or calling to her? Cheryl

Andy

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24 June 2017

24/06/17

Appeler does not require a preposition between the verb and the object it is acting on. Thus it uses a direct object pronoun.

Appeler [quelqu'un] - to call [someone]
Je l'appelle - I call him (or her)

Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

24 June 2017

24/06/17

Thank you Andy!
Although I am surprised that this verb differs from another rather similar: téléphoner à.
Cheryl

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