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gender of indirect object

Kevin C.C1Kwiziq community member

gender of indirect object

Elle m'a répondu- I take that the past participle here is not feminine because the me (which refers to the female narrator) is an indirect object?

Kind regards,

Kevin


Asked 2 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Kevin,

Elle m'a répondu = she replied [to me] -> répondre à qqnto reply to [sb] 

m' = indirect object + refers to a woman -> the past participle only agrees with a direct object when the direct object is placed before 'avoir + past participle' - this is not the case here

See link here about when the past participle agrees: special cases when the past participle agrees in number and gender (see 'Attention')

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

Jim J.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Kevin,

"Marielle took her grandmother to buy a mobile phone."

répondre à (qqn) so although the speaker is feminine (Marielle) I agree with you that this is an indirect object.

Jim

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

No, the past participle (répondu) is in the gender neutral (male) form because the auxiliary verb is "avoir". It would be matched to a direct object only, never an indirect object, and only if the direct object precedes the verb.

gender of indirect object

Elle m'a répondu- I take that the past participle here is not feminine because the me (which refers to the female narrator) is an indirect object?

Kind regards,

Kevin


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