The Pronoun ‘Moi’

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post on colloquialisms. So here’s a new one! We’re going to take a further look into the pronoun ‘moi’ in this post.

In colloquial French, the pronoun moi is often used to add emphasis to a command or an imperative only when the statement involves the senses or personal perception. It’s used in the same way as “just” is used in English to add emphasis to the verb it modifies.

Example:

  • Regarde ça ! – Look at that!
  • Regarde-moi, ça ! – Just look at that!
  • Goûte ça ! – Taste that!
  • Goûte-moi ça ! – Just taste that!

In colloquial French, personal pronouns – moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, and elles, are used to emphasize the object of a statement and emphasize possession.

The object may be emphasized by repeating it at the end of the statement in the form of an objective personal pronoun.

Example:

  • Je peux pas le parler, lui! – I can’t talk to him, that guy!
  • Je te vois, toi! – I see you, you know!
  • Vous m’énervez, vous! – You’re getting on my nerves, you!

Possessive adjectives are used to indicate possession.

Example:

  • C’est ma mobile. – It’s my mobile/cellphone.
  • C’est son livre. – It’s his book.
  • C’est notre voiture. – It’s our car.

Have a great week, everyone! Leave any recommendations or requests in the comments. I’ll be happy to fulfill them.

À bientôt !

Courtney

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