FR: elle nous avait présenté (à) ses amies - COD / COI

Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by Music22, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Music22 Senior Member


    In class today to show an example of a COI my teacher used the phrase "elle nous avait présenté à ses amies", suggesting that the nous was the COI.
    Another example was "le touriste me demandait la route"

    Whilst I accept that the second example is right, can anyone explain to me why "nous" would be the indirect object?

  2. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    Have you copied it right?

    "Elle nous avait présenté à ses amies" would be correct (i.e. she introduced them to us).
  3. yannalan Senior Member

    france, french, breton
    "ses amies" is COI. "Nous" is a COD.
  4. Music22 Senior Member

    I copied it right from what was written, maybe it was a simple mistake to add in the à? Thanks your for your help
  5. Maître Capello

    Maître Capello Mod et ratures

    Suisse romande
    French – Switzerland
    Actually both phrases are possible. :)

    Elle nous [COD] avait presentés à ses amies [COI]. :tick: (= Elle avait présenté « nous » à ses amies.) ↔ She had introduced us to her friends.
    Elle nous [COI] avait presenté ses amies [COD]. :tick: (= Elle avait présenté ses amies à « nous ».) ↔ She had introduced her friends to us.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012

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