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The Personal Indirect Object Pronouns

The Personal Pronouns Indirect Object replace words that have the function of an indirect object in the sentence. They precede intransitive verbs that are used with the preposition: à, au, aux. They answer the question: “A qui?” or “A quoi”.

Study the following example:

J’ai demandé à mon professeur la permission de sortir.
I asked my teacher the permission to leave.
Je lui ai demandé la permission de sortir.
I asked him the permission to leave.

“lui” is a personal pronoun that replaces “mon professeur” which has a function of an indirect object in this sentence. It answers the following question: “J’ai demandé à qui?” “ à mon professeur”.

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