17.4.2 The other personal pronouns just go at the end

The other personal pronouns just go at the end. However, there is one thing to be taken into account -
here we have to differenciate (again) between dative/indirect and accusative/direct object. The only form, where they are different are the third person (singular and plural), as you can see in the following examples.

  Example in second person singular (tu / you)

Dis-lui ce que tu en penses.

  Tell him what you think. (dative/indirect object [the person, if there is more than one object])
  Sauve-le.
  Save him. (accusative/direct object)
Dis-lui, que je ne l'attendrai pas.
  Tell him that I will not wait for him. (dative/indirect object - as above)
  Attends-les jusqu'a ce qu' ils viennent.
  Wait for them, until they come. (accusative/direct object)
  Lis-nous ce chapitre encore une fois.
  Read this chapter to us again.
(dative/indirect object [the person, if there is more than one object])
  Fais-leur un café.
  Make them some coffee.
  Laisse-les sonner.
  Let them sound.

  Examples in second person plural (vous / you)
  Faites-le vous-même.
  Do it yourself. (accusative/direct object [the thing, not the person])
Sauvez-vous.
  Save yourself. (dative/indirect object [the person])
  Faites-le.
  Do it. (accusative/direct object [the thing, not the person])

  Compare:
  unconnected personal pronouns instead of the connected ones: moi / toi instead of me / te
Donne-moi ce livre. (NOT: Donne-me ce livre.)
  Give me the book.
  Sauve-toi. (NOT: Sauve-te.)
  Save yourself.
  In all other cases things stay the way they have been:
  Donne-lui ce livre.
  Give him the book.
  Sauve-le.
  Save him.





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