Écouter takes direct object pronoun?

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Kwiziq community member

18 November 2017

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Écouter takes direct object pronoun?

From the lesson: J'aime l'écouter. (I like to listen to him.) Écouter = to listen to Isn't this use of 'him' an example of an indirect object, and therefore, "J'aime lui écouter", correct? Unless écouter isn't a verb that's usually by à, but it sure seems that it is.

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French lesson "Position of object pronouns with infinitives"


Kwiziq community member

18 November 2017


J'écoute le prof. -- I listen to the teacher.

J'écoute de la musique. -- I listen to music.

But never: j'écoute à....
Consequently no lui/leur.

-- Chris. (not a native speaker).


Kwiziq language super star

19 November 2017


Bonjour Lewis et Chris !

Indeed the verb écouter in French takes a direct object:

écouter [quelque chose] to listen to [something]
In "écouter de la musique", the "de" isn't a preposition, but the partitive article [de la = some] used with uncountable nouns (you can't say une musique, deux musiques...).

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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