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Direct object pronouns

Mind, pronouns are little words that replace persons or things. The direct object pronouns replace the object (the thing or person) and take the place of the noun. The direct object pronoun receives the action of the verb directly: there is no preposition after the verb!

For example, after the verb “To invite” we don’t have the preposition “to” > I invited her. “Her” is the “direct object pronoun“, but the verb “to talk” need the preposition “to” before the pronoun > I will talk to him:  “to him” in Italian is an indirect object pronoun!

Generally the object pronouns are before the verb, but they are after the verb in the infinitive or in the imperative mood. Before a vowel, singular pronouns use an apostrophe.


Pronomi oggetto diretto Direct object pronouns
Mi Me
Ti You
Lo Him/It (masculine – sing.)
La Her/It (feminine – sing.)
Ci Us
Vi You
Li Them (masculine – pl.)
Le Them (feminine – pl.)

Some examples in present tense (pronouns are before the verb):

Prendo il coltello = I take the knife becomes Lo prendo = I take it
Mangio una mela = I eat an apple La mangio = I eat it
Incontro Marco = I meet Marco L'(=lo) incontro = I meet him
Incontro Maria = I meet Maria L'(=la) incontro = I meet her
Taglio I pomodori = I cut the tomatoes Li taglio = I cut them
Affetto le melanzane = I slice the eggplants Le affetto = I slice them




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5 Responses to “Direct object pronouns”

  1. liam said

    I “meat” Marco/Maria.

    The spelling is “meet”

  2. Monica said

    Grazie Liam, “fortunatamente” in classe parlo solo italiano, quindi non posso sbagliare 😉
    Se trovi altri errori gravi, per favore correggimi!

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