"We are reading a book to them."

Translation:Nous leur lisons un livre.

March 28, 2018



Why it cant be "nous les lisons un livre"

May 16, 2018


"les" is for direct objects; when you're reading a book to someone, the book is the direct object and the people you're reading it to are indirect objects.

May 24, 2018


Why does "Nous lison un livre à eux" not work?

March 28, 2018


It's not correct to use "à eux" here, it has to be "leur".

In fact, saying "nous lisons un livre à eux" would take a different meaning and mean "We are reading a book of theirs"

March 28, 2018


Leur =their?

May 24, 2018


It's also the plural indirect object pronoun.

May 24, 2018


Meaning 'those'?

November 7, 2018


The English plural object pronoun is "them", which is object-neutral, like all English object pronouns.

To explain that a little better, consider the sentence: "We are reading a book to them." Here, "them" acts as an indirect object. The book is the direct object, because it's the thing that's actually being read. The verb "to read" acts on the book directly.

Now consider the sentence "We are reading them." Here, "them" is the direct object, the thing the verb acts on, the thing being read. In English, it's the same word, but French makes the distinction explicit. As piguy3 said, you use "les" for direct plural objects and "leur" for indirect ones.

"Those" is actually the English distal plural demonstrative (that is, the plural form of "that"). Grammatically, it can function as a pronoun in many of the same contexts as "them", but you wouldn't normally use it that way with reference to a group of people.

December 1, 2018


What is wrong with "Nous lisons leur un livre"?

May 31, 2018


can we conclude that "lui" replaces à+singular while "leur" replaces à+plural ?

August 16, 2018


I think you've got the general idea right, but some problems arise with the specific phrasing. "lui" is for singular indirect objects (those to whom something is e.g. read or given); "leur" is for plural indirect objects.

Whether this precisely correlates to à + something is a different matter. See, among other potential issues, relox84's response to RedTyphoon.

August 16, 2018


yeah I got your point..thanks alot

August 17, 2018


I got "We are reading a book to them" and didn't get it quite right but the correct answer came up as "Nous leur avons lu un livre" - this seems to be incorrect! I have reported it.

September 3, 2018


nous leur lisons un livre is the correct translation for this sentence Duo's correction for this exercise is wrong. vous leur avons lu un livre... it is past tense. the sentence here is present tense. I have received the wrong correction because I made a word order mistake.

June 2, 2018


Why not,nous les lisons un livre

September 20, 2018


Nous lisons un livre a leur?

November 6, 2018


Why leur and not leurs?

February 20, 2019
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