Using double object pronouns in affirmative commands (L'Impératif)

Look at those uses of double object pronouns in sentences in Mode impératif:

Tu me les donnes. - Donne-les-moi !
You give them to me. - Give them to me!

Vous vous y amusez. - Amusez-vous-y !
You have fun there. - Have fun there!

Tu le lui envoies. - Envoie-le-lui!
You send it to him. - Send it to him!

When you use Impératif with object pronouns, you have to consider three things:

    1. Object pronouns me/te become stress pronouns moi/toi 
    2. The verb comes first, followed by the two object pronouns, each hyphenated (-) to the word before
    3. Direct object pronouns le/la/les are placed before indirect object pronouns moi/toi/lui/nous/vous/leur

                 BUT 

              Adverbial pronouns en/y are placed after moi/toi/lui/nous/vous/leur
              and moi/toi become m' and t'

ATTENTION:

You don't put an hyphen between the two pronouns, when using t' / m' before y or en.

Donne-t'en!
Give yourself some!

Parle-m'en!
Tell me about it!  
Tell me about them!

 -> Note that en here can replace a plural noun referring to things but NOT people (parler des vacances, but not parler des enfants for example)
See also En can replace de + phrase (adverbial pronoun)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Vous vous y amusez. - Amusez-vous-y !
You have fun there. - Have fun there!


Donne-t'en!
Give yourself some!


Tu me les donnes. - Donne-les-moi !
You give them to me. - Give them to me!


Tu le lui envoies. - Envoie-le-lui!
You send it to him. - Send it to him!


Parle-m'en!
Tell me about it!  
Tell me about them!


Q&A

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

30 October 2018

1 reply

Couvrez-vous la tête...couvrez-la vous

Is it possible to add this example to the lesson on double object pronouns.  At moment there's no example if changing from a command in that form and the substitution of object...not sure of placement rule...

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

31 October 2018

31/10/18

Please ignore this question!

William

Kwiziq community member

27 July 2018

2 replies

Couvrez-vous la tête! ?

What is the English translation of Couvrez-vous la tête! ?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

27 July 2018

27/07/18

Hi William,

It means simply 'Cover your head' (in other words - put your hat/scarf on your head).

An odd expression in French for English speakers 'se couvrir quelque chose'.

Hope this helps!

 

William

Kwiziq community member

27 July 2018

27/07/18

Thank you

David

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

2 replies

Cover it

The question asked: "Couvrez-vous la tete!" Write "Cover it".

I answered "Couvrez-la". It wanted "Couvrez-la-vous".

Can you explain why the Kwiziq answer is correct. I could see it if the vous was an indirect object but it does not seem to be. For this reason it is not similar to any of the examples in the lesson.

Is it because "la" refers not just to "the head" but "your head", i.e. "the head of you"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

24 July 2018

24/07/18

Hi David,

It is because the verb 'se couvrir la tête ' is a reflexive verb.

Hope this helps!

David

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

24/07/18

Yes I see. Thank you.

Umi

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2018

5 replies

Please! How do I form a negative sentence like: "Don't sent them to me." Thank you very much.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2018

15/01/18

Ne me les envoyez pas.
Don't send them to me.

The negation "ne...pas" brackets the reflexive indirect object "me", the direct object "les" and the verb "envoyez".

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Umi

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2018

15/01/18

Dear Chris, WOW! Thank you very much for your extremely quick answer. I truly appreciate it!!! Yes, you must be a very positive speaker!!! However, we don't use any stress pronouns for the sentence like that? For example, when we say, "Send it to me"-->"Envoie-le-moi." Is this incorrect? That is the reason why I could not figure out how to make an impératif in negative form. Thank you, again!! umi

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2018

15/01/18

You use stress pronouns when it follows a preposition or comes at the end of the sentence. Neither is the case here, hence no stress pronoun. Greetings, -- Chris.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 January 2018

15/01/18

Umi

Kwiziq community member

16 January 2018

16/01/18

Bonjour Aurélie et Chris, Merci beaucoup pour vos explications !! Cordialement, umi

Chan

Kwiziq community member

13 January 2018

2 replies

So how would you say "tell me about them" when "them" refers to people?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

13 January 2018

13/01/18

Parle-moi d'eux. 

-- Chris.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 January 2018

15/01/18

or 

Parle-moi d'elles. 

if the group is exclusively feminine :)

Meghna

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2017

1 reply

Statement unclear

"parler des vacances", but "parler des enfants" for example). Is the statement missing a ´Not'?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

18 April 2017

18/04/17

Bonjour Meghna ! Thanks for letting us know about this typo: thanks to you, it's now been fixed ! Merci et bonne journée !

Andrew

Kwiziq community member

7 January 2017

1 reply

Test 870838

Could someone tell me why 'Couvrez-vous la tête!' when changed to 'Cover it' becomes 'Couvrez-la-vous' and not 'Couvrez-vous-la'? Thanks

Andrew

Kwiziq community member

7 January 2017

7/01/17

OK... 30 seconds after posting this I see point number 3 above...sorry... I'll try and remember this from now on

Kathryn

Kwiziq community member

1 July 2016

1 reply

Can you give some examples with pronominal verbs?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

22 July 2016

22/07/16

Bonjour Kathryn, There are two examples with pronominal verbs in this lesson: Vous vous y amusez. - Amusez-vous-y ! Donne-t'en!
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