Je veux et jexige (MT.ROMAN) (French Edition)

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II s'agit dans ce roman d'une jeune fille 'This novel is about a girl'.

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Some weather verbs behave in this way: Il pleut,? It sometimes happens to Beatrice that. Other common adjectives which behave in this way are: agreable fun interessant interesting bon good inutile useless commode convenient mauvais bad dangereux dangerous necessaire necessary difficile difficult penible tiresome etrange odd perilleux perilous evident obvious possible possible facile easy peu probable unlikely important important utile useful impossible impossible vrai true insupportable intolerable NB: In the impersonal constructions illustrated above, the preposition which links the adjective to the following infinitive is always de.

They are used like 'it' and 'there' in English without reference to anything else in the con- versation or text: in these cases the adjective is linked to the infinitive by the preposition de. But il can also be used as a personal pronoun, and ce as a neu- tral pronoun in similar constructions when the preposition linking the adjec- tive and the infinitive is a: Leur politique est difficile a accepter Leur politique , elle est difficile a accepter Leur politique , c'est difficile a accepter Ce document est interessant a analyser Ce document , il est interessant a analyser Ce document , c'est interessant a analyser Object pronouns 53 Here il, elle and ce refer to something mentioned elsewhere in the conversation or text in this case to leur politique, ce document.

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For more on these constructions see Chapter This is especially true of indi- rect object pronouns. The structure of English and French verbs, even when they have similar meanings, is not necessarily the same: in a given sentence it is essential to know whether the object is direct or indirect in relation to the French verb and NOT the English verb.

But in the French equivalent - Ils ont conseille a Stephane de partir - Stephane is the indirect object of conseiller. With a pronoun the French sentence becomes: Ils lui ont conseille de partir For a full list of verbs which behave differently with respect to objects in English and French see Chapter 8. C Summary table of object pronouns Person Singular Plural First person Direct and indirect me to me- nous to us Second person Direct and indirect te to you vous to you plural or polite Third person Direct masculine le him, it les them feminine la her, it les them neutral le it Indirect masculine lui to him, to it leur to them feminine lui to her, to it leur to them Direct and indirect reflexive, reciprocal, benefactive se to oneself se to themselves TABLE 3.

D y and en Pronoun Stands in the place of y a phrase introduced by a, en, dans, sur e. Verbs followed by Vous ne les avez pas goutes? II lui avait propose un voyage le vous suis tres reconnaissant He saiv me Did he see me? Didn't you taste them? He had suggested a trip to her I am very grateful to you II leur a raconte beaucoup d'histoires passionnantes He told them a lot of fascinating stories Nous l'avons deja traduite, cette lettre We have already translated this letter NB: The past participle agrees with a preceding direct object in these cases, but not with the indirect object.

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For the agreement of the past participle: see Chapter 9. Note also that pronouns ending in -e me , te, se, le and -a la are shortened to the consonant alone before verbs beginning with a vowel: elle m'aide, je t'ai deja remercie, je te I'ai dit, etc. T did, therefore me is the understood subject of pleurer She let me cry Note that the understood subject of the infinitive is realized as an indirect object if the infinitive has a direct object, but as a direct object if it does not. Take them! Follow us! Stop them! Listen to me! BUT in negative imperatives direct and indirect object pronouns precede the verb: Ne les suivez pas!

Don't follow them! Ne la mange pas! Don't eat it! Ne me fais pas rire! Don't make me laugh! See also Chapter The verbs usually involved are croire, penser, trouver, juger, estimer, con- siderer. Where the con- struction is personal that is, where a person or thing is referred to , le, la, or les are required: Je trouve ce livre difficile a comprendre 1 find this book difficult to understand Je le trouve difficile a comprendre le refers to 'the book' J'ai trouve le soliste impossible a ecouter I found I couldn 't bear to listen to the soloist Je l'ai trouve impossible a ecouter le refers to 'the soloist' For more on this construction see Chapter Oui, je le pense Are they happy?

Yes, I think so Est-ce que vous viendrez ce soir? Non, je ne le crois pas Will you come this evening? No, I don 't think so Elle revient directement de Londres. Oui, je le sais She has come straight back from London. Yes, I know 60 Personal and impersonal pronouns b In the second clause of a comparison where the particle ne is also optional. Both are typical of formal written French: II est autre que je ne le croyais He is different from what I expected Un abonnement est moins cher que vous ne le pensez A subscription costs less than you think A son age, il faut admettre que Maurice est plus naif qu'il ne devrait l' etre When you realize how old he is, you have to admit that Maurice is more naive than he should be 3.

In some cases se is there- fore ambiguous, having a 'reflexive' or 'reciprocal' interpretation, and the meaning may depend on the context: Les deux ecrivains s'admirent depuis 20 ans is most likely to be: The two writers have admired each other for 20 years but could possibly be: The two writers have each admired themselves for 20 years Les deux amis se connaissent bien The two friends know themselves or each other well See also Chapter 8. The sentence must describe a state of affairs and not an action and the verb must not suggest through its tense that the action takes place in a limited time span.

See also Chapter 8. Since no-one else does so, Suzette admires herself! De nos jours, malheureusement, il faut se soigner soi-meme Nozvadays, unfortunately, you have to be your own doctor 62 Personal and impersonal pronouns 3. In the above exam- ples, A is a preposition. Since lui, leur can only correspond to indirect objects lui, leur are not possible in these cases - only stressed pronouns can be used see 3.

Other common verbs en appeler a faire appel a avoir recours a recourir a faire attention a faire allusion a s'habituer a revenir a followed by a which appeal to appeal to have recourse to have recourse to pay attention to allude to get used to come back to behave similarly are: Object pronouns 63 rever a dream of songer a think of tenir a be fond of venir a come to The set of verbs which behave in this way is quite small. We have listed most of them here. When the phrase introduced by a in these cases refers to things, rather than people, pre-verbal y may replace it.

See 3. Verbs like these can be made reflexive or reciprocal by adding the appropriate forms lui -meme , elle -meme , etc. However, it can be found in some regional varieties of French: Elle lui a casse le magnetoscope She broke his video recorder See also Chapter 2.

Je n'y suis pour rien J'y suis, j'y reste II y a It's nothing to do with me Here lam and here I stay There is Where these include a noun, en can refer to both human and non-human nouns: Object pronouns 65 II a deja parle de son idee He has already spoken about his idea II a empeche lean-Pierre de travailler He stopped jean-Pierre working Meniere s'occupe des enfants Grandma is looking after the children Christine est fiere de son frere Christine is proud of her brother II en a deja parle He has already spoken about it II Ten a empeche He stopped him doing it Meniere s'en occupe Grandma is looking after them Christine en est fiere Christine is proud of him In spoken French, where people are referred to, it is quite likely that a stressed pronoun following de will be used instead see 3.

The infinitive clause is treated as a direct object: Elle a permis a Jean-Marie d'emprunter sa voiture She allowed jean-Marie to borrow her car Elle le lui a permis le means 'to borrow the car' She allowed him to do it II a defendu a Suzanne de sortir ce soir He forbade Suzanne to go out this evening II le lui a defendu le means 'to go out this evening' He forbade her to do it 3. Common examples are: il y a. II y avait trois hommes s'en aller go away Yvette s'en va en imposer impress Elle en impose s'en prendre a lay into II s'en est pris a Jacques en revenir get over Je n'en reviens pas s'en tenir a stick to Tenez-vous-en aux faits en vouloir a hold a grudge Je lui en veux en voila un there's someone En voila un qui m'enerve e'en est fait that's the end of C'en est fait de nos espoirs en decoudre to get into a fight II est toujours pret a en decoudre Ou en sommes-nous?

Where did we get to? E known by generations of British schoolchildren as the 'soccer team' of pronouns with a ball en , a goalkeeper y , two full-backs lui, leur , three midfield players le, la, les and five strikers me, te, se, nous, vous : TABLE 3. E The order of unstressed object pronouns POSITION First Second Third Fourth Fifth me te le se la lui y en nous les leur vous Examples: B me l'a dit He told me about it Elle le lui a dit She told him about it Elle nous les a donnes She gave them to us Nous le leur avons dit We told them about it Susanne m'en a parle Susanne spoke to me about it Nous nous y sommes beaucoup attaches We have become very fond of it Nous y en avons beaucoup trouve We found a lot of it there 68 Personal and impersonal pronouns Elle les y a souvent vus She has often seen them there Nous leur en avons promis beaucoup We have promised a lot of those to them Ne me le donne pas Don 't give it to me Lui en auras-tu parle avant demain?

Will you have spoken to him about it before tomorrow? En voudriez-vous s'il y en avait? Would you want some if there were any?


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M'y accompagnerez-vous? Will you come there with me? II y en a beaucoup There are a lot of them Nous y en avons trouve plusieurs We found several of them there More rarely three pronouns may occur in combination where the first is a bene- factive i. You will write it to her for me, and be quick about it! E describes in general the possible sequences of unstressed object pronouns, there are some restrictions on possible combinations. The other orders remain the same. The foreign learner should avoid them, however.

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BUT: Donne-le-lui Give it to him Passez-les-leur Pass them over to them Parlez-lui-en Talk to him about it The pronouns me, te become moi, toi in affirmative imperatives when they are 70 Personal and impersonal pronouns the last pronoun in the sequence, but become m , t' before y or en: Donne -le-moi Give it to me Donne-m'en Give me some In these cases in informal spoken French it is not unusual to hear moi, toi I retained with a linking -z-, but the learner should avoid this usage: Parlez-moi-z-en Talk to me about it Accroche-toi-z-y Hang on to it In negative imperatives pronouns precede the verb, and the order of multiple pronouns is as indicated in the table: Ne me le donne pas Don't give it to me Ne me les nettoyez jamais!

Don 't you ever clean them for me! If the verb is faire, both the pronouns come before faire or avoir if faire is in a compound tense : Je les lui ferai manger Je les lui ai fait manger 1 shall make him eat them I made him eat them If the verb is laisser, envoyer or one of the perception verbs, there are the two possibilities illustrated below: Tu les lui laisses lire? Tu la laisses les lire?

Will you let her read them? This can be done with: 72 Personal and impersonal pronouns Subject pronouns Toi, tu le crois peut-etre mais lui, il ne le croit pas YOU might believe that, but HE doesn't Moi, je veux travailler ce soir. Object pronouns A common strategy is to add a second, stressed pronoun at either the begin- ning or the end of the clause: Lui, on le sait innocent HE is known to be innocent Elle se tient a l'ecart, elle SHE is keeping well out of it Il me parle a moi et pas a toi He confides in ME and not in you Eux, on va leur demander de participer aux frais Well be asking THEM for a financial contribution When the unstressed pronoun is an indirect object, the stressed pronoun being used to highlight it is preceded by a only when it is at the end of the clause: Stressed pronouns 73 Nous, elle nous a souvent ecrit or Elle nous a souvent ecrit, a nous She has often written to US Moi, cela me ferait plaisir or Cela me ferait plaisir, a moi That would give ME pleasure This 'doubling' of an unstressed pronoun by a stressed pronoun is also used to disambiguate ambiguous pronouns.

In the following sentence leur is ambigu- ous between a masculine and a feminine interpretation: Simon leur a dit de partir Simon told them to leave But it can be disambiguated by the addition of stressed pronouns: Jean leur a dit a eux de partir Jean leur a dit a elles de partir 3.

A frequent way of expressing the notion 'somebody and I did X' is: Avec quelqu'un nous avons fait X Avec Christine nous avons ouvert les colis Christine and I opened the parcels 3. It tends to be used after prepositions, with -me me, and after ne They agree in gender with the noun they refer to: Sur ce mur nous voyons deux portraits.