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QUESTION: Hi Caro,

Please translate the following:

Make them leave.
Make him leave.
Make her leave.
Make her get up (out of bed).

Thanks.

Mike

ANSWER: Hello Mike,

Make them leave = fais les partir OR faites les partir (depending on tu or vous)
Make him leave = fais le partir OR faites le partir
Make her leave = fais la partir OR faites la partir
Make her get up (out of bed) = fais la lever/sortir du lit OR fais en sorte qu'elle se lève

I hope this helps

Cheers

Caro

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QUESTION: That's what I thought, Caro, but what confused me was a sentence I read this morning, viz "Fais-LEUR prendre un rendez-vous." I cannot understand why it does not read, "Fais-LES . . . "??

Mike

Answer
Hello Mike,

Fais leur prendre is correct.
Leur replaces the indirect object : un rendez vous = direct object, leur = indirect object
In the examples given in your previous question, the pronoun replaced a direct object, hence "les".

See here for more info :
http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/indirectobjects.htm

I hope this helps

Cheers
Caro

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