Why is it not Je me les brosses (les dents) rather than je me les brosse?

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

26 July 2017

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Why is it not Je me les brosses (les dents) rather than je me les brosse?

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Reflexive + direct object (double pronouns) -

Lisa

Kwiziq community member

27 July 2017

27/07/17

Hi J,
It's because the subject of the verb is 'Je'. So in English, it's 'I brush' and in French 'Je (me) brosse. The verb agrees with the subject and not the object (teeth). And brosser is regular, so Je brosse, etc.

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

28 July 2017

28/07/17

Merci bien, I had forgotten the reflex and was into the preceding direct object.. so easy to get lost in the maze.

Noeleen

Kwiziq community member

18 February 2018

18/02/18

Hi i too teplied je les couvres instead of je les couvre... 


so if ive understood corectly it would be tu les couvres 


elles les couvrent ?? 


Subject rather object

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

18 February 2018

18/02/18

Hi Noeleen,  you have, I believe, just upped the confusion stakes another level.  It is only the past participle of the verb that agrees with the preceeding direct object and then only when the auxiliary verb is avoir.  The être verbs in the passé composé agree with the subject.  In the present tense verb construction there is no agreement with the object so yes je les couvre, tu les couvres.  I think this is right but you definitely had me going for a minute.

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

18 February 2018

18/02/18

And of course I too had forgoten that.  Witness my original question.  Oh dear!

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