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Rather than thinking about the placement of French's pronouns in terms of word order, it's simpler to analyse its whole verbal complex as verbal template in the model of what would be done for e.g. the Quechuan languages: Each slot of this template can potentially be filled by one of several defined morpheme, that follow a rigid order and can't be intruded ...


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Your first example is not what you can term an inconsistency. There is, undoubtedly, an apparently contrived process to know in order to place the two objects correctly, but no contradiction; so, this example would have justified such a question as "Can we say that French language is a little bit contrived?". That is an entirely different subject. ...


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This is more of a linguistics answer to a linguistics question, but TL;DR it depends on how you frame the rules. "Rules" in popular grammar are not good analytical tools. They tend to be generalizations, i.e. just one step above observation. When we say thing like "In English, an object pronoun comes after the verb, but in French, it comes ...


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