https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John00625

A couple questions

What is the difference between Nous and On. I've heard you use one for a big group but I'm not sure that's entirely true.

and how do I distinguish the differences between ou, because i've seen it can mean where or or. Please give me tips to remember how to distinguish these.

Sorry if these are stupid questions, they are just some that've been on my mind for a while; Thanks :)

May 20, 2016

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lazouave

To clear things up a bit: on can be used in impersonal statements; the passive in English is also often translated to a structure using on in French.

  • I was told that... - On m'a dit que...

In oral speech, the subject pronoun nous is rarely used; we use on instead.

Correct French: Hier, nous sommes allés au cinéma.
Oral French: Hier, on est allés au cinéma.

I've tried to understand in detail when you should put the -s or not but I'm all confused... Here is a link to a trustworthy website which explains everything, I hope that will help.

May 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

Some precisions about on used instead of nous.
As mentioned in your link, the subject pronoun je, tu and vous) can also, in some context, be replaced by on. But those are far less common uses of on compared to "on for nous" which is very common in oral speech. See more details (in French) here.

I've tried to understand in detail when you should put the -s

When you use on instead of nous, then the "s" is to be used as if it was nous that was used (and, thus, not put when it's not used with nous).
See (still in French) here.

May 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lazouave

Thank you for the clarification!

May 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cyrille67

où=where ou=or

The difference beetween ''Nous'' and ''On''? I don't understand, sorry.

May 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John00625

Like when should I use one or the other

Example: Nous voulons etre des pommes. vs On veut etre des pommes.

Which one should I use?

May 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cyrille67

BonBonChat has the answer, ahah.

May 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cyrille67

''On'' se substitue à n'importe quel pronom personnel like ''je'' ou alors ''On'' peut aussi être utlisé comme une observation. (if anyone can translate this in englsih ^^)

May 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John00625

I understood it in French. Thank you very much :)

May 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Unicorn.Sparkles

Nous is 'We' as in a group.... I think

May 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BonBonChat

Nous and On are interchangeable but ON is used with speech for "us"

May 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cestbelle

Not stupid. Or I'm stupid too. I'm checking out the answers with you.

May 22, 2016
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