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FR: Ma lettre lui a brisé le cœur

Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by silica, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. silica New Member

    English -
    Hello!

    I came across the sentence "Ma lettre lui a brisé le cœur" in my textbook. I understand that the standard form is "briser le cœur de quelqu'un", though I don't get why the indirect pronoun lui replaces de quelqu'un in this case. Don't the indirect pronouns substitute for à/pour qch/qn only?

    Thanks.
     
  2. snarkhunter

    snarkhunter Senior Member

    France, Région parisienne
    French - France
    Hello,

    The standard form can also be "briser le coeur à quelqu'un", which explains why it is correct to use "lui" in this sentence.
     
  3. silica New Member

    English -
    Ah, thank you!
     

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