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How would you say, "They are asking them about them" and "They are giving them to them"?

Bill

Kwiziq community member

20 September 2016

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How would you say, "They are asking them about them" and "They are giving them to them"?

This relates to:
Replacing people with lui, leur = him, her, them (indirect object pronouns) -

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

21 September 2016

21/09/16

Bonjour Bill,

"They are asking them about them" = Ils se renseignent sur eux.

"They are giving them to them" = Ils les leur donnent.

Ann

Kwiziq community member

16 October 2016

16/10/16

Laura and Bill. I'm a little confused by the answer. If i analyse the sentence - "They are giving them to them" I sense there are three groups involved: 1)They (subject - e.g. one group of people); 2) them (direct object - second group e.g. some books) and 3) to them (indirect object - e.g. another group of people), so three altogether. Now i would have thought that "Ils se renseignent" being reflexive would mean "They ask themselves" so that "Ils renseignent sur eux" would mean "They ask themselves about them", thereby indicating only two group involved They (subject) themselves (still the same subject) and "them" (indirect object) not three which was Bill's question I think? But the sentence "They are giving them to them = Ils les leur donnent" indicates three groups - Ils (they) subject; les (them) direct object; and leur (to them)indirect object which is a good example to answer Bill's question. Do you agree there is a difference please, or am I missing something? I'm sure you can explain, Laura. Sorry to be pernickety but if I don't get it clear in my head i wont be able to remember the rules.

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