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I’m reading Assimil New French with Ease, where its last lesson says

Reprenez le livre tous les jours et feuilletez-le.

, which means “Take the book again everyday and flip through it”.

But why the le is after “feuilletez”? I thought it shall always be in front of the verb?

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The pronoun is after the verb when the imperative mood is used at the affirmative:

Feuillete-le
Feuilletons-le
Feuilletez-le
Prend-le
Prenons-le
Prenez-le
Vas-y
Allons-y
...

At the negative, it is located before it:

Ne le feuilletez pas
N'y va pas

At other moods, the pronoun is also before the verb:

Vous le feuilletez
Tu y vas

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    Perhaps the most common phrase that's similarly constructed is "Allons-y", rather than "Y allons". – Michael Seifert Apr 29 at 13:25
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Reprenez le livre tous les jours et feuilletez means Take the book again everyday and flip.

Reprenez le livre tous les jours et feuilletez-le means Take the book again everyday and flip through it

Le verbe "feuilleter" a besoin d'un COD. feuilletez-le signifie "feuilletez le livre". Reprenez le livre tous les jours et feuilletez n'est pas clair : qu'est-ce que nous devons feuilleter? Comparer avec : Reprenez le livre tous les jours et feuilletez ce cahier ou Reprenez les livres tous les jours et feuilletez-les.

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