Les pronoms toniques

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Les pronoms toniques

Pronoms toniques are also called ‘disjunctive’ or ‘stressed’ pronouns.


singular
plural
1st person c’est moi c’est nous
2nd person c’est toi c’est vous
3rd person c’est lui / elle ce sont eux / elles


Here are the 2 principal uses of them:

•  After c’est:
- Qui est la plus belle ? - C’est moi ! -Who’s the most beautiful? -I am!

•  Before pronoms sujets (‘subject pronouns’ such as je, tu, il, etc) in order to emphasize the subject:
Marcel est très sympa, mais toi, tu es ennuyeux. Marcel is really nice, but (you) you’re annoying.
Ils sont français, mais vous, vous êtes belges. They’re French, but (you) you’re Belgian.

We can also use them after certain verbs which take the preposition à.
Je tiens beaucoup à elles I care a lot about them.
Tu ne penses jamais à moi You never think of me.



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