https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jean-Prouvaire

When to use "On", and "Nous"?

So I just started the "pronouns" skill on the french tree, and It says that "On" can be used in place of "Nous" to mean we (among other usages). So On Mange = Nous Mangeons. So my question is, how do I know when I should Use On to refer to we instead of using nous

December 2, 2017

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

"On" has different meanings: - One or several indetermined persons, unknown people to the speaker - People in general - Everybody

"Nous" refers to Me+other people (can be more than one)

So technically Nous and on are different. Yet in the french language, French would use "on" and mean "nous", this is informal/familiar language, so this is when you could use "on" instead of "nous"

December 2, 2017

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

To sum it up, "on" is used in French speech and is what you will most commonly hear for the word "nous"

December 3, 2017

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

They're interchangeable but "on" has many more meanings. "On" is also kind of informal when used as "we." Use nous when trying to be formal

December 3, 2017

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December 4, 2017
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