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    Hi I am wondering if this sentence is grammatically correct - I used it in an essay - I want to say Lucas smiles at her

    Lucas sourit à elle

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    (Original post by SL5)
    Hi I am wondering if this sentence is grammatically correct - I used it in an essay - I want to say Lucas smiles at her

    Lucas sourit à elle

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    Hi! I'm not 100% sure, though I take French A-level and think it would be 'Lucas lui sourit'. That's because Lucas is the direct object of the sentence and she (elle) is the indirect object. Because sourire is followed by à (when talking about giving a smile to something/smiling at something/someone), the indirect object pronoun is 'lui'.

    So 'Lucas sourit à elle' goes to 'Lucas lui sourit'.
    That's like who you would translate 'she speaks to him' to 'elle lui parle'.

    Important to note that this is because the verb is followed by à (the preposition). Also, lui is used for both female and male indirect objects. Hope that makes sense?
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    (Original post by kapowginger)
    Hi! I'm not 100% sure, though I take French A-level and think it would be 'Lucas lui sourit'. That's because Lucas is the direct object of the sentence and she (elle) is the indirect object. Because sourire is followed by à (when talking about giving a smile to something/smiling at something/someone), the indirect object pronoun is 'lui'.

    So 'Lucas sourit à elle' goes to 'Lucas lui sourit'.
    That's like who you would translate 'she speaks to him' to 'elle lui parle'.

    Important to note that this is because the verb is followed by à (the preposition). Also, lui is used for both female and male indirect objects. Hope that makes sense?
    Thank you ! That makes lots of sense however I was just wondering because someone said to me that it’s correct to say ...à elle ?

    How are you revising for French ??? I am hoping to get an A minimum however I have no idea how to get there !

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    Hello!

    I'm a french native speaker
    As it says in the previous post, the correct sentence is "Lucas lui sourit". "Lucas sourit à elle" is incorrect.
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    (Original post by truthyy)
    Hello!

    I'm a french native speaker
    As it says in the previous post, the correct sentence is "Lucas lui sourit". "Lucas sourit à elle" is incorrect.

    Why is ...à elle correct in certain sentences but not in others ?

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    (Original post by SL5)
    Thank you ! That makes lots of sense however I was just wondering because someone said to me that it’s correct to say ...à elle ?

    How are you revising for French ??? I am hoping to get an A minimum however I have no idea how to get there !

    Merci
    I do at least 15 mins vocabulary each day on Memrise and listen to podcasts on the half hour walk back from school. Making notes on the book and film I'm studying and then making them into flashcards covering key characters, scenes and quotes. Also set up a speaking session between classmates a couple of times a week. Best of luck
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    (Original post by kapowginger)
    I do at least 15 mins vocabulary each day on Memrise and listen to podcasts on the half hour walk back from school. Making notes on the book and film I'm studying and then making them into flashcards covering key characters, scenes and quotes. Also set up a speaking session between classmates a couple of times a week. Best of luck
    Wow that sounds like you’ve got a good plan ! What book and film are you studying ? And it’s great to know that other people are taking french too ahah in my school there are only 5 of us !

    Thank you and good luck to you too !! 😊👍
 
 
 
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