I speak of her

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Kwiziq community member

20 January 2018

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I speak of her

I'm confused why "I speak of her" is "Je parle d'elle" as my first instinct would be to say "je l'en parle". What am I missing here? Thanks.

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French lesson "Moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, elles (advanced stress pronouns)"


Kwiziq community member

21 January 2018


Hi harris,

The French verb "parler" can have two pieces of information attached to it: with whom you speak and what you speak of. For example:

Je parle à Marie de son travail. -- I speak with Marie about her work.

You can now proceed to substitute pronouns for each of the two parts and it would go like this:

Je lui en parle. -- I speak with her about it.

The topic you speek about is always "de + (topic)". If you speak about her then it is "d'elle". The person you speak with is always an indirect object in French: "parler À quelqu'un". Therefore it goes like this:

Je te parle -- I speak with you.
Je lui parle -- I speak with him (or her; only context would tell).
Je vous parle -- I speak with them (or you; in a formal setting)

"Je l'en parle" is definitely incorrect.

Greetings, -- Chris (not a native speaker).


Kwiziq community member

22 January 2018


...sorry, just to correct a typo: Je vous parle -- I speak with you (either a group or a formal "tu")


Kwiziq community member

13 February 2018


Hi Chris, if I want to say: "I speak with him about them", is it : "Je lui parle d'eux" ?



Kwiziq language super star

4 September 2018


Hi Joan, 


"Je lui parle d'eux" is correct for "I speak with him about them"...

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