French Double Pronouns Order

In French, it is common to use up to two pronouns right next to each other. The use of double pronouns allows for concise and precise communication while avoiding repetition.  It’s super important to know the French double pronouns order, and by the end of this lesson you’ll be a pro!

The pronouns that can be combined in this way include direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns, reflexive pronouns, and the pronouns “y” and “en.”

In this lesson, we will explore using French double pronouns in several tenses, both with and without negation.

French Double Pronouns Order Chart

This chart differs slightly when using affirmative commands.



These can be reflexive pronouns, direct object pronouns, or indirect object pronouns.


These are direct object pronouns.


These are indirect object pronouns.

Y – EN

Y and EN are adverbial pronouns.


Je les lui ai donnés.passé composéI gave them to him / her.
Je ne les lui ai pas donnés.négationI did not give them to him / her.
Elle me l’achète.présentShe’s buying it for me.
Elle ne me l’achète pas.négationShe’s not buying it for me.
Il va s’en souvenir.futur procheHe is going to remember it.
Il ne va pas s’en souvenir.négationHe is not going to remember it.
Il les y a vus.passé composéHe saw them there.
Il ne les y a pas vus.négationHe did not see them there.
Elle te les donnera demain.futur simpleShe will give them to you tomorrow.
Elle ne te les donnera pas demain.négationShe will not give them to you tomorrow.
Nous allons t’en parler.futur procheWe are going to talk to you about it.
Nous n’allons pas t’en parler.négationWe are not going to talk to you about it.
Je le lui ai dit.passé composéI told him (that).
Je ne le lui ai pas dit.négationI didn’t tell him (that).
Elle se les brosse.présentShe’s brushing them.
Elle ne se les brosse pas.négationShe is not brushing them. 

Why use double pronouns?

Combining pronouns in a sentence helps to clarify the relationships between the subject, objects, and locations, making conversations more precise and concise.

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