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Posted by DANIELLE on Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 1:01am.

I have to translate the following into French with an object pronoun. Can you please check for me. Thanks!!!
1.Show us the main course!
2.I’m lending some sugar to him
3.They (femine form) owe me a cake
4.Tell them his name!( use vous form)
5.I don’t understand him.
6.He writes it.
7.They tell you their ages.
8.We’re describing the tablecloth to you. (singular familiar form)

1. nous montrer le cours principal !
2. je › m lui prêtant quelque sucre
3. Ils me doivent un gâteau
4. les Dit son nom !
5. je ne le comprends pas.
6. Il lui écrit
7. Ils vous disent leurs âges
8. Nous › re décrivant la nappe à vous


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I have to translate the following into French with an object pronoun. Can you please check for me. Thanks!!!
1.Show us the main course!
2.I’m lending some sugar to him
3.They (femine form) owe me a cake
4.Tell them his name!( use vous form)
5.I don’t understand him.
6.He writes it.
7.They tell you their ages.
8.We’re describing the tablecloth to you. (singular familiar form)

1. nous montrer le cours principal ! ("Show-us" is a command/imperative so object pronouns follow the verb form and are attached with a hyphen. You don't say if you want familiar (tu) or formal (vous) command = montre-nous -or- montrez-nous)
2. je › m lui prêtant quelque sucre (You need to conjugate the verb to agree with "je" and the partitive is here! = Je lui prête du sucre.)
3. Ils me doivent un gâteau (Do you see the words "feminine form?" = Elles)
4. les Dit son nom ! (See the review on the difference between (les = them) and (leur = TO them) = The vous form means NOT "dit" which is the familiar (tu) form! = Dites-leur)
5. je ne le comprends pas. (Just remember to capitalize the first word in the sentence!)
6. Il lui écrit (O.K., look AGAIN at the review. It is NOT "lui = to him" but "it" as direct object pronoun = Il l'écrit. The l' stands for "le")
7. Ils vous disent leurs âges (The "leurs âges" could be "leur age" because each person only has one age.)
8. Nous › re décrivant la nappe à vous (Again, the verb MUST have the person-number ending of the subject which is "nous" and the familiar singular form is NOT vous (formal singular or plural) but a form of "tu" = Nous te décrivons la nappe à toi (if you even add the last 2 words.) Probably the very first lesson you had was the agreement of subject and verb. Perhaps you had best begin there!)

NOTE: First of all, let's look at the object pronouns:

Direct object pronouns: le, la, l', les, me, te, se, nous, vous

Indirect object pronouns: lui, leur, me, te, se, nous, vous

NOTE: the confusion as to whether or not an object pronoun is DIRECT or INDIRECT stems from the fact that some of them look the same (first and second persons) and that ALL of them, except for the third person (LE, LA, L', LES, LUI, LEUR), are also PRONOMINAL (reflexive or reciprocal) pronouns. BUT, there should be no confusion here, because ALL pronominal pronouns may also be used as DIRECT or INDIRECT object pronouns. What needs to be understood and remembered is the following:

LE, LA, L', LES: third person DIRECT object pronouns which replace LIVING
BEINGS or INANIMATE OBJECTS or CONCEPTS (which are
sometimes expressed in an entire phrase; the whole phrase

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