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Kwiziq community member
4 January 2018
Which verbs take which object: direct or indirect?
I think I understand the concept of when to use le/la/les vs lui, leur. However besides the three verbs (téléphoner, parler, demander) you used as examples, I don't know which verbs take a direct or indirect object. How does one determine which type of object a verb takes?
This question relates to:French lesson "Replacing people with lui, leur = him, her, them (indirect object pronouns)"
Kwiziq language super star
15 February 2018
The 3 verbs you mention demander, parler, téléphoner (donner is the same) use "à quelqu'un" after them so with these type of verbs you will use the indirect object pronouns lui and leur.
I don't think you can learn lists of verbs, it is just a case of practising and you will learn which ones sound right.
An interesting little example , compare what happens in the next sentence which has the same meaning, to call someone using the 2 different verbs, appeler quelqu'un and téléphoner à quelqu'un.
J'ai appelé mon frère hier -> Je l'ai appelé hier.
J'ai téléphoné à mon frère hier -> Je lui ai téléphoné hier.
Hope this helps!
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