What about when the indirect object is not a him or her, but an it? Do you still use lui?

DavidC1Kwiziq community member

What about when the indirect object is not a him or her, but an it? Do you still use lui?


Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi David,

This is an interesting question as I have been racking my brain to think of examples where you would ring, ask or talk to an 'it'.

Here goes -

J'ai téléphoné à la police -------> Je leur ai téléphoné ( implying that you spoke to some humans)

J'ai téléphoné aux urgences ( A&E) ---------> Je leur ai téléphoné ( idem)

But a very good point!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

There are only two genders in French -- he and she, masculine and feminine. "It" can be either one of the two, depending what "it" refers to. But the indirect object pronoun is lui in either case.

What about when the indirect object is not a him or her, but an it? Do you still use lui?


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