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27 March 2018
This question relates to:French lesson "Expressing 'myself, etc...' with stress pronouns and 'même'"
you are correct in that the past participle does not match the COD in the case of avoir
BUT (and there always is a but!)
except for the case when the COD precedes the particple, in which case it IS matched. Let's look at your example:
Nous les avons préparés. --"les" is the COD and precedes the participle ("préparés"). Since "les" is plural (and apparently not all female), the participle needs to take this into account --> "preparés".
-- Chris (not a anative speaker).
COD = Complément d'objet direct.
Yes, "direct object pronoun" is exactly what COD means.
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Bonjour Damien and Chris !
Here is the link to our lesson on past participle agreement with the direct object pronoun with auxiliary avoir :
Bonne journée !
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