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The simple answer is "because it is the rule". The rule says that object pronouns are always placed before the verb except in imperative affirmative sentences. J'aime la France. → Je l'aime. J'entends les oiseaux. → Je les entends. An easy lesson on the subject on Bonjour de France.


There are 2 rules that answer your question. First: subject (direct or indirect one when complement to the verb) ending with 'e' and placed in front of a verb starting with a vowel must be shortened. Thus, 'je', 'me', 'te' and 'se' will become " j' ", " m' ", " t' " and " s' " when in front of verb starting with a vowel. "Je aime le chocolat" is incorrect ...

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