https://www.duolingo.com/MercyIsBae

Difference between "On" and "Nous"

I know this has been asked before, but I just want to clarify.

Even though "On" is used differently than "Nous," is "On" still used in place of "Nous" for informal conversations?

September 30, 2017

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

Yes, we are using "on" very often for informals conversations.

— On a vu un bon film hier soir.

— Ah oui ? Alain et moi on a préféré marcher en bord de mer.

— Vous avez de la chance, nous avec Marco, on a dû se coucher tôt, on se lève à cinq heures du matin.

etc...

September 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MercyIsBae

Merci beaucoup ! :)

September 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Midnightwards666

If it's used as a pronoun « ils nous aident » or to emphasize the subject « pendant que nous, on fait face aux condés », then it can be used informally. However, « nous faisons face aux condés » in an informal conversation would be bizarre, especially as the word « condés » is not a formal way to say ''cop'' or ''police officer''. I use « on » pretty much every time when I speak. When writing, you're probably more likely to use nous... though as the writer, that's up to you!

September 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lemniscatarum

Yes. On is more informal; nous is more formal.

September 30, 2017
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