Saying them in French: the pronoun les

To say them in French, you generally use a very similar pattern to saying him and her in French with the pronouns le and la. But this time:

The French pronoun meaning them is les. This is used to refer to both masculine and feminine, and both people and things.

As with le and la, the pronoun les is placed before the verb, giving examples such as:

je les vois demain
I'm seeing them tomorrow
vous les connaissez?
do you know them?
il les a vendus hier
he sold them yesterday
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In the written form, les never changes. In pronunciation, the final -s is pronounced before a verb beginning with a vowel (so always in the perfect tense), and not pronounced before a consonant.

Next: saying him/her as in to him/her

On the next page, we look at how to express what is sometimes called the indirect object, using the French pronouns lui and leur.

If you don't want to look at that complication just yet, you may instead prefer to skip to the section on saying me and you in French, using the pronouns me and te.

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