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

In English we have different pairs of words like I/me, he/him, she/her, we/us, you/you which we use depending on which 'side' of a verb they're on: 

e.g. She admires her

I give it to him (or, I give him it)

He gives it to me (or, He gives me it)

(Notice that in the cases with 'to', the words can switch around and the 'to' vanishes, and something very similar happens in French with verbs that have à in them)

These are called subject pronouns (left) and object pronouns (right).  

French has similar pairs which we use:

Subject Pronoun Object Pronoun
je me
tu te
nous nous
vous vous

See how they get used in real sentences:

Je me demande si c'est possible.
I ask myself if it's possible.

Je te parle.
I'm speaking to you.

Tu nous parles
You're speaking to us

Je vous attends
I'm waiting for you



Je t'aime.
I love you.



Note that they always come before the verb.

And when followed by a vowel or mute "h", me and te become m' and t' .




Grammar note
: Remember verbs always have a subject (je/tu etc.) but only some have objects. Use object pronouns to replace nouns that are the object of the verb.

Tip: If the words "object pronoun" strike horror and panic into your heart, take a look at the cartoon video in the examples which explains them. They're actually pretty easy to figure out.

 

See also Position of direct and indirect object pronouns with negation 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Je te parle.
I'm speaking to you.


Subject, verbs and objects (direct and indirect) MADE EASY!


Tu nous parles
You're speaking to us



Je vous attends
I'm waiting for you


Je t'aime.
I love you.


Je me demande si c'est possible.
I ask myself if it's possible.


Q&A Forum 8 questions, 20 answers

RodC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Ils vous plaira

je suis sûre qu'ils vous plaira !  This was a sentence in the fill in the blanks quiz, The translation was I am sure you will love it, I’m confused by the use of ils. 
Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Rod,

If it is plaira it will be the singular- 'il' 

il plaira à vous------> il vous plaira = You will like it 

If it was in the plural, it would be -ils

Ils vous plairont  ( Ils plairont à vous) = You will like them

Hope this helps!

Ils vous plaira

je suis sûre qu'ils vous plaira !  This was a sentence in the fill in the blanks quiz, The translation was I am sure you will love it, I’m confused by the use of ils. 

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FaithandrewsA0Kwiziq community member

Why is the sentence structure changing?( Why is the object pronoun placed before the noun.....as in Subject -Object- Verb?

Which type of sentence structure does French use?

Asked 8 months ago
FaithandrewsA0Kwiziq community member

I am confused tho, I think my question is more like '' Why would the object pronoun come immediately after a subject pronoun?)

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hm. I can't think of a reason except for "that's just how it is". Word order is usually very specific in French.

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Thank you for your reply.

Why is the sentence structure changing?( Why is the object pronoun placed before the noun.....as in Subject -Object- Verb?

Which type of sentence structure does French use?

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FaithandrewsA0Kwiziq community member

I got confused as scared when I studied the lesson, then started understanding the topic at the beginning of the video. but.....

but towards the ending of the video, everything got even more confusing. 

Asked 8 months ago

I got confused as scared when I studied the lesson, then started understanding the topic at the beginning of the video. but.....

but towards the ending of the video, everything got even more confusing. 

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RonaldB1Kwiziq community member

Two possible answers?

The question was:

Je décris les gens et je ________ parfaitement.

I describe people and I describe you perfectly.

Since the English "you" could be translated as either "tu" or "vous", the following two answers should be correct:

te décris

vous décrivez

I wrote the second one but was marked as incorrect.

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Tout à fait, Ronald!

RonaldB1Kwiziq community member

Now I see my error! The second option "vous décrivez" should be "vous décris" so that the whole sentence would be:

Je décris les gens et je vous décris parfaitement.

Two possible answers?

The question was:

Je décris les gens et je ________ parfaitement.

I describe people and I describe you perfectly.

Since the English "you" could be translated as either "tu" or "vous", the following two answers should be correct:

te décris

vous décrivez

I wrote the second one but was marked as incorrect.

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CaA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

May I ask this?

ll envoie les fleurs à Sophie

to 

ll les lui envoie. Why not 

ll lui les envoie 

is this totally wrong? Please clarify. Thank you. 

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Ca,

This is because of the order of multiple pronouns in a French sentence- 

The direct object pronouns (les) will be before the indirect object ones (lui).

Take a look at the following lesson for further examples:

Using direct and indirect object pronouns together

Hope this helps!

CaA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi, I just check that. 

 ll envoie les fleurs à Sophie 

To 

ll les lui envoie. 

ll te la envoie. 

Is the only way say this? 

is ll lui... In any situation would be wrong?

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Ca,

Il les lui envoie Il envoie les fleurs à Sophie

Il te l'envoie = Il envoie la lettre/le livre à toi

Il te les envoie = Il envoie les fleurs à toi

Il lui parle/envoie = he speaks /sends to him/her

Hope this helps, let me know if still unclear....

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Here is a nice self contained article which explains the pronomial order in French:

https://www.dummies.com/languages/french/object-pronoun-word-order-in-french/

CaA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi Cécile,

Do you mean ll lui is possible to use like ll lui parle/ll lui envoie

but if ll les lui that's the only way to explain ll envoie les fleurs à Sophie.

ll lui les, les can't be the indirect object here? 

CaA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
thanks Chris for sharing the link.
CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Ca, 

You cannot say :

Il lui les  

always -

Il les lui ....envoie

 

CaA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi Cécile, 

Merci beaucoup.

May I ask this?

ll envoie les fleurs à Sophie

to 

ll les lui envoie. Why not 

ll lui les envoie 

is this totally wrong? Please clarify. Thank you. 

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AnnaA2Kwiziq community member

Bonjour!

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Bonjour!

Bonjour!

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Kyaw A2Kwiziq community member

Bonjouf

Please give us an example that includes both direct and indirect object pronouns.  Such as I gave it to him.
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Kyaw,

Je le lui ai donné = I gave it to him ( it 'being singular and male in French e.g. le stylo)

Je la lui ai donnée = I gave it to him ( it being singular and female e.g. la valise )

Hope this helps!

Kyaw A2Kwiziq community member
Je vous remercie.

Bonjouf

Please give us an example that includes both direct and indirect object pronouns.  Such as I gave it to him.

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CaA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Je l'appelle.

Hi, how do we usually know what is the L' referring here normally?
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Only context would tell. No way to tell from this sentence alone.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

CaA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Hi I refer to the sentence showed as example in the above video.
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Then you would need to have seen the video to be able to infer whether it refers to a man or a woman. To know the difference is purely contextual and nothing to do with French grammar. -- Chris.

Je l'appelle.

Hi, how do we usually know what is the L' referring here normally?

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