Position of direct and indirect object pronouns with negation

Look at these negative sentences:

Tu l'aimes ? -Non, je ne l'aime pas du tout !
Do you love him? - No, I don't love him at all!

Je regarde les dessins animés, et toi ? -Non, je ne les regarde pas.
I watch cartoons, and you? -No, I don't watch them.

Tu lui parles souvent ? -Non, je ne lui parle que le weekend.
Do you speak to her often? - No, I only speak to her on weekends.

Je vous vois ... ah non, je ne vous vois plus.
I see you ... oh no, I don't see you any more.



Note that when using object pronouns (direct and indirect) with negation, you will place the pronoun(s) between ne/n' and the conjugated verb, as follows:

ne/n' + pronoun + verb + pas / plus / pas du tout / que / jamais ...

 

See also lessons on object pronouns:

Me, te, nous, vous = Me, you, us, you (direct and indirect object pronouns) 

Replacing nouns with le, la, l', les = it, him, her, them (direct object pronouns)

Replacing people with lui, leur = him, her, them (indirect object pronouns)   

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Tu l'aimes ? -Non, je ne l'aime pas du tout !
Do you love him? - No, I don't love him at all!


Je vous vois ... ah non, je ne vous vois plus.
I see you ... oh no, I don't see you any more.


Tu lui parles souvent ? -Non, je ne lui parle que le weekend.
Do you speak to her often? - No, I only speak to her on weekends.


Je regarde les dessins animés, et toi ? -Non, je ne les regarde pas.
I watch cartoons, and you? -No, I don't watch them.


Q&A

Gouri

Kwiziq community member

15 July 2018

2 replies

however for a question like : est ce que quelqu'un leur a raconté? how would we answer it in negatif

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 July 2018

16/07/18

Personne ne leur a raconté. 


-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 July 2018

16/07/18

Personne ne leur a raconté. 


-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

30 March 2016

2 replies

direct and indirect pronouns

If in a sentence, there are a few pronouns, then how can we put them? ex : J'ai quelquels choses importantes à te dire dans mon bureau. so I should write " je les ai à t'y dire." is it right? I find out it's weird. so please, correct it for me. thanks in advance.

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

30 March 2016

30/03/16

Bonjour,

First, we have to correct the original French sentence.

You can't say "quelques choses" - it's either quelque chose (singular) or des choses (plural).

Second, since there are two verbs, you have to figure out which pronouns go with each verb. Quelque chose / des choses go with avoir, so le (to replace quelque chose) or en (to replace des choses) goes in front of ai. Te and y (to replace dans mon bureau) go with dire.

So the sentence with all the pronouns is either Je l'ai à t'y dire or J'en ai à t'y dire, but honestly, they both sound pretty weird. I would just keep quelque chose / des choses as a noun.

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

31 March 2016

31/03/16

Thanks Laura.
I understand what you mean, but I often confuse, if there are several pronouns for replacing in a sentence.
have a nice week.

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