A direct object is the direct recipient of the action of a verb. Direct object pronouns replace direct object nouns. In Italian the forms of the direct object pronouns (i pronomi diretti) are as follows:
|1st. person||mi » me||ci » us|
|2nd. person familiar||ti » you||vi » you|
|2nd. person polite*||La » you (m. and f.)||Li » You (m.)|
|Le » You (f.)|
|3rd. person||lo » him, it||li » them (m.)|
|la » her it||le » them (f.)|
These pronouns are used as follows:
1 They stand immediately before the verb or the auxiliary verb in the compound tenses. Examples:
In a negative sentence, the word non must come before the object pronoun.
2 The object pronoun is attached to the end of an infinitive. Note that the final –e of the infinitive is dropped.
3 The Object pronouns are attached to ecco to express here I am, here you are, here he is, and so on.
4. The pronouns lo and la are often shortened to l'.
(*) Note that second person polite form pronouns are capitalized.