If I wanted to say “I told her”, does it make sense to say j’ai la dit. I know when you translate it it usually says je lui ai dit.

  • So how does a person know if I’m talking about her or him if lui can be used for both? Jun 5 '19 at 0:31
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    That should have been a comment to my reply, not to your question. Anyway, how do a person know if my cousin is a boy or a girl if I say "I told it to my cousin ?" (In French: Je l'ai dit à mon cousin / je l'ai dit à ma cousine) There are cases where a language is more precise, and others where it's less. You can always say: Je lui ai dit à elle (, pas a lui) if that's a critical piece of information.
    – jlliagre
    Jun 5 '19 at 0:51

You can't use that syntax.

  1. You can't put a pronoun in the middle of a conjugated verb, only adverbs like pas (Je ne lui ai pas dit). The pronoun needs to be before the verb.

  2. La is a direct object pronoun, but her (elle) is an indirect object of dire (j'ai dit à elle) so the right pronoun is lui, regardless of the gender. Lui means both to him and to her.

je lui ai dit.

Should you have used a direct object, la would have been the right pronoun:

La vérité, je l'ai dite.

or even both a direct and indirect object:

Ma sœur, la vérité, je la lui ai dite.


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