Lesson 20 – Stressed Pronouns

Leçon 20 – Stressed Pronouns

1. Stressed pronouns are used to emphasize a noun or pronoun used as a subject or object, or to replace a noun used as a subject or object.


  • First person : moi
  • Second person : toi
  • Third person : lui/elle


  • First person : nous
  • Second person : vous
  • Third person : eux/elles

Moi, je fais du latin, mais lui, il fait du grec.

I’m taking Latin, but he’s taking Greek.


Nous, on travaille aujourd’hui. Et toi?

Je vais à la plage, moi.

We’re working today. What about you?

I’m going to the beach.


2. A stressed pronoun may stand alone in answer to a question,

Qui fait le ménage aujourd’hui? Toi?

Pas moi. Eux.

Who is doing housework today? You?

Not me. They are.


3. The stressed pronouns are used after c’est and ce sont to identify people.

C’est moi, C’est toi, C’est lui, C’est elle, C’est nous, C’est vous, Ce sont eux, Ce sont elles.

Colloquially: C’est eux/ C’est elles (Negative: Ce n’est/C’est pas eux/elles)


4. The stressed pronouns are used after prepositions.

Tu pars sans elle?

Pas du tout. Elle vient chez moi et nous partons ensembles.

Are you leaving without her?

Not at all. She’s coming to my house and we’re leaving together.


5. The stressed pronouns are also used after ne…que.

Je ne connais que toi à Paris.

You’re the only one I know in Paris.


Il n’aime qu’eux.

He likes only them.


Thank you all for reading! Please comment with any questions or requests you may have, and I will be happy to accommodate.


Merci à vous !


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