Indirect object pronouns: leur, lui, etc.

French Grammar tips with Frantastique.
Learn French online and test Frantastique for free.

Indirect object pronouns: leur, lui, etc.

COI (complement d’objet indirect) pronouns are usually the equivalent of an indirect object pronouns in English. They replace nouns that follow verbs + à, like parler à, téléphoner à, demander à, répondre à, etc.
Je parle à mes parents Je leur parle. I am speaking to my parents. I am speaking to them.

Singular
Plural
1re personne
tu me manques / cela m’appartient
il nous parle
2e personne
je te dis / il t’obéit
il vous souhaite bon appétit
3e personne
je lui téléphone
tu leur réponds
Careful: Lui replaces both feminine and masculine nouns.
Je parle à mon mari je lui parle. I’m speaking to my husband I’m speaking to him.
Je parle à ma femme je lui parle. I’m speaking to my wife I’m speaking to her.

Go deeper...

Learn more about French grammar with us. Still having difficulties with 'Indirect object pronouns: leur, lui, etc.'? Want to improve your French? Test our online French lessons and receive a free level assessment!

Tips for learning 'Indirect object pronouns: leur, lui, etc.'? Share them with us!

Looking to improve French for beginners? Frantastique provides effective and fun training!