Saying me and you in French: the pronouns me and te

On this page, we'll look at how to say me and you in French when these pronouns are the object of the verb— in other words, in sentences such as He gave me the book or I'll see you tomorrow.

In the previous sections, we saw that to say him and her in French (or indeed them), you needed to choose between the direct and indirect object pronouns, even though in English, this distinction isn't always made. For example, in English, the word him works in either of the two sentences I saw him or I gave him the book, but in French, you'd use the pronoun le in the first case and the pronoun lui in the second.

Luckily, it turns out that various other object pronouns in French, including the words for me and you, actually work more like the English pronouns, and you don't need to decide between direct and indirect.

Saying me: the pronoun me

Coincidentally, the French word for me is actually written me, as in English (though it's pronounced differently, of course). For example:

Il me parle souvent
He often speaks to me
Il me connaît
He knows me
Tu m'as parlé hier
You spoke to me yesterday
Elle m'a donné un livre
She gave me a book
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Notice how, just like other French object pronouns, me comes before the verb, and how it shortens to m' before a verb beginning with a vowel, which includes forms of the perfect tense.

Saying you: the pronouns te and vous

The first French word for you as the object of the verb is te, which corresponds to a person that you'd address informally as tu. As with me, the pronoun te is shortened to t' before a verb beginning with a vowel:

Elle te parle souvent
She often speaks to you
Je te vois demain!
I'll see you tomorrow!
Je te paye un verre
I'll buy you a drink
Est-ce qu'il t'a aidé?
Did he help you?
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The word for you as an object corresponding to vous is actually also vous (but placed before the verb). Again, it can be direct or indirect. For example:

Je vous aide si vous voulez.
I'll help you if you want.
Il vous a appelé?
Has he called you?
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