https://www.duolingo.com/MadeleineF387973

When do I use these words?

How do I know when to use vous and tu and words like that?

September 8, 2017

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Wiijimmy

tu can also be singular, and vous means you (plural).

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EliasPitts

oh, yes, I've quite forgotten the plural form. Thanks for putting that back in my mind

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EliasPitts

vous is polite. Tu is for friends. English only has you.

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MadeleineF387973

Ok, thanks!

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EliasPitts

you are welcome. This also applies to dutch: u: polite. jij/je/gij/ge: for friends

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum

There is also jullie for plural :)

September 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ronnie-JA

If you think about it as strictly "formal" (Vous) and "informal" (Tu), this is missing the contextual subtlety of this of this French language idiosyncrasy. It's not just knowing what Vous is, Il s'agit de knowing how and when to use it.

Par example - when referring to a group, when using an imperative command, when in a job interview... etc etc. Learners think that Vous conjugation is unnecessary because you can just use "Tu" most of the time but to speak French well you have to understand when it is necessary to use Vous and so it's important to know how to use it.

September 11, 2017
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