In French grammar pronouns are definitely a difficult piece. But they are important to master as they will make the difference between basic French phrases and more complex structured language. So stay with us and soon you will feel comfortable enough to use them !
French can be one of the most complicated languages to learn. This is why many find the language difficult to study and learn. But once you take learning the language more seriously, you will find out that it is more challenging to learn a language that is unfamiliar and complex.
Unlike in the English language, French has its own set of pronouns that have to be used properly within a sentence. French grammar pronouns are rich that makes studying the language more interesting for most people. Learning French pronouns will help you learn the most standard and basic phrases and expressions such as saying “good morning” and many more simple expressions that you will have to learn in the long run.
Pronoun is just a simple subject in grammar that you need to master in French language. The approach of learning French grammar pronouns is a serious matter that you need to take a look in a deeper concept. There are several types of French pronouns that you will find exciting and interesting to study such as the personal, impersonal and many more.
For personal pronouns, you will have to address a person whether in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd person. For singular personal pronouns, “je” means “I”, “tu” means “you” and lastly “elle” for she, “il” for he and “on” for people. Meanwhile for plural personal pronoun, the “nous” stands for “we”, “vous” for “you” and “elles” the feminine form for “they” while “ills” for the masculine form.
In grammatical usage, once you use “vous” to address someone, you are showing respect to the person. Usually, the French grammar pronoun “vous” is commonly used in normal conversation among professional. On the other hand, if you use “tu” in a conversation among friends and nearest family member, that means you are getting a closer attention and connection from them. Basically, you can use “tu” not so professionally. However, in a formal conversation, you must permission from the person if you can address him/her with “tu”. Once the person allowed you to use it to address him, then that is the time that you can use the pronoun.
The French pronoun “on” is most commonly used to represent a group of people in its plural sense. It can also be utilized in creating passive sentences in French wherein it will act as the subject. But basically, once “on” has been used in a sentence, it turns out into “l’on” only when it is followed by “et” or a word that ends in a vowel.
Here is a list of most important French pronouns. We recommend you to learn them by groups of five : 1 per day during the week days, and revising them on weekends.
Impersonal French pronouns are divided into categories such as demonstrative, indefinite demonstratives, interrogatives, negatives and many more. For demonstratives are “celui”, “celle”, “ceux” whereas in indefinite it includes “ce”, “ceci” and “cela” and a lot more. French grammar pronouns that are categorized under impersonal pronouns are lesser complicate to use than that of the personal pronouns. But after all, once you get to know them better, you can say that French can be easy to learn. You must take some time in learning all those pronouns.
Source : Pronouns in French on Wikipedia
Born in Paris where he has spent more than 30 years, Yannick is a French native speaker now based in Ireland. His interest in learning foreign languages comes from his Italian grand-father, his Spanish wife and his Japanese sister-in-law. Teaching French has been a passion since his early twenties when he spent countless hours exchanging with international students.