Saying him, her, it: the pronouns le and la in French
On the previous page, in our introduction to French pronouns, we saw a glimpse of the pronun le, which means him, as in I saw him. In fact:
Note that if the verb begins with a vowel, then le and la become l'. This is quite common in the perfect tense, because all of the present tense forms of avoir begin with a vowel:
il l'aide beaucoup
he helps him/her a lot
je l'ai acheté hier
I bought it yesterday
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Notice how, because both le and la reduce to the same form l' before a vowel, l' is ambiguous beween him and her. In practice, the meaning is usually clear, though.
Next: saying them in French
The next page looks at the plural equivalent of le and la, namely the pronoun les, which is used to say them.