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I have a sentence like this:

Elle a écrit à ses parents?

How can I answer this question? Is it:

  1. Non, elle n'a pas lui écrit.
  2. Non, elle n'a lui écrit pas.
  3. Non, elle ne lui a écrit pas.
  4. Non, elle n'a pas lui écrit.
  5. Non, elle ne lui a pas écrit.

Which one is correct?

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Number 5 is nearly correct; you need leur here, as it means them (referring to the parents) as an indirect object pronoun. An indirect object pronoun is used when the verb doesn’t take a direct object (in other words, someone that something is done to or for). In this case, the subject is writing to her parents, which would be écrire à.

Therefore:

Non, elle ne leur a pas écrit.

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    But in past tense , isn’t we put the negation between “a”? ( n’a pas ecrit ) why when it involves coi , it becomes ne leur a ecrit pas instead of ne leur a pas ecrit ? – Ling Min Hao Jun 16 at 4:45
  • That was an error on my part, I apologize. I edited it to reflect the change. You’re right; it is ...ne leur a pas écrit. – tssmith2425 Jun 16 at 4:55
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    With your change, you should also replace "Number 3 is nearly correct" by "Number 5 is nearly correct". – Steph Jun 16 at 8:52
  • @Steph, good call. I know this, too. Not sure why I made the mistake but thanks so much for catching it! – tssmith2425 Jun 16 at 8:58
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The only proper way to answer is "non, elle ne leur a pas écrit".

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