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Should we say "Je lui pense" instead of "Je pense à elle"?


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27 April 2017

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Should we say "Je lui pense" instead of "Je pense à elle"?

This relates to:
Moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, elles (advanced stress pronouns) -


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4 May 2017


Salut Arash,

In short, the answer is no. The reason is: je lui pense translates to "I think him", not I think of him. There is also a difference in whether the pronoun is a direct or indirect pronoun. In this case, "je pense à elle" penser à is a transitive verb which always requires a direct object.
***have in one's thoughts) penser à
⇒ What are you thinking? À quoi penses-tu?
to think positive thoughts penser à des choses positives

I hope this helps.

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