Je, tu, il/elle, nous, vous, ils/elles : I, you, we, they.

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" Je, tu, il/elle, nous, vous, ils/elles " : I, you, we, they.
pronoms sujets : subject pronouns, or personal pronouns - that affect the verbs.


" je " ♫: I
" tu " ♫ : you singular and very personal . Used among family and very close personal friends.
" vous " ♫ : you singular - more formal and polite and used in all situations where you are are not family or are not very close personal friends. It is wise to always use "vous" when you talk to a french person, until the other person says or proposes otherwise.
" il " ♫ : you singular masculine
" elle " ♫ : you singular feminine
" on " ♫ : one, or informal we


" nous " ♫ : we
" vous " ♫ : you plural .
" ils " ♫ : they plural - masculine
" elles " ♫ : they plural - feminine

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April 18, 2014


" On " : one, or informal we / "nous"

" On " ♫ can be an informal " nous " ♫ OR a "one",

" On " ♫ in, for instance: "One does not change a team that wins" (It's probable the English "one" used for this is from the French " on " ) ♫ ""subnote by lindakanga: This is probably where we get comments made in English such as "One should brush (implied - your teeth) several times a day" ""

In informal unwritten conversation, it's very common to use " on " ♫ instead of " nous ". ♫

" On " ♫ is not "it". Even if it's often a person we don't know (but not always, when the " on " ♫ is used instead of " nous " ♫, the person is known, because it's us!). " On " ♫ is not "it" because it's a person. (opposed to "ce", " ça " ♫, "cela"), " on " ♫ is often translated by "it" (when it's not by "we" or "one"), but it's an impersonal (not a particular person who makes the action), not a neutral in the sense that it can't be a thing, it's always a person. See it as an impersonal "we". Imagine: " We (human beings) are forced to work to live " - in a very general sense.

" On " ♫ can be used when you don't know the subject, to translate the passive voice in English. But it's not a passive voice, it's an active voice, the subject is " on " ♫. For example: "Cashier wanted" = " On demande un caissier " is an active voice and impersonal. Compared to " Un caissier est demandé " where the voice is passive.

This information was provided by the ever informative and instructional PERCE_NEIGE

April 18, 2014

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April 18, 2014
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