What if we had to talk like this:
I bought a boat. I painted the boat. I named the boat "Tornado". I
sailed the boat. Eventually I sold the boat and bought a bigger boat.
We just said the boat way too many times! Luckily we can avoid unnecessary repetition like this with (object) pronouns:
I bought a boat. I painted it. I named it "Tornado". I
sailed it. Eventually I sold it and bought a bigger boat.
The object pronouns in French are le, la, & les, the same as the definite articles (the).
|Je mange le pain.||→||Je le mange.|
|Je mange la carotte.||→||Je la mange. |
|Je mange les fraises.||→||Je les mange. |
When negating, put the ne... pas around the object and verb like this:
|Je ne mange pas le pain.||→||Je ne le mange pas.|
|Je ne mange pas la carotte.||→||Je ne la mange pas. |
|Je ne mange pas les fraises.||→||Je ne les mange pas. |
Watch out! The object pronouns are placed directly before the verb.
Compare to English:
|I (don't) eat bread.||→||I (don't) eat it.|
|I (don't) eat carrot.||→||I (don't) eat it.|
|I (don't) eat strawberries.||→||I (don't) eat them.|