If 'lui' means him or her why does 'vous lui dites' mean 'you tell him...' And not 'you tell her...'

Merle

Kwiziq community member

2 October 2016

1 reply

If 'lui' means him or her why does 'vous lui dites' mean 'you tell him...' And not 'you tell her...'

This relates to:
Replacing people with lui, leur = him, her, them (indirect object pronouns) -

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

2 October 2016

2/10/16

Bonjour Merle,

If there's no context that tells you "lui" is specifically male or female, then "vous lui dites" can mean either one.

Your answer

Login to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Think you've got all the answers?

Test your French to the CEFR standard

find your French level ยป
2819questions5776answers118,085users
Thinking...