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Subject pronouns - je, tu, il, elle…

This Revision Bite will give you practice in using subject pronouns je, tu, il, elle… in French.

Subject pronouns

Subject pronouns are used to replace a noun which is the subject of the verb, ie the person doing the action.

Here are the subject pronouns:

  • je (I) - when speaking about yourself
  • tu (you) - when speaking to a friend, young person or family member
  • il (he/ it) - instead of a masculine noun
  • elle (she/ it) - instead of a feminine noun
  • on (one, we, you) - when speaking about people in general
  • nous (we) - when speaking about a group of people including yourself
  • vous (you) - when speaking to more than one person, an adult you don't know or a stranger
  • ils (they) - for more than one male, a mixed group or a masculine noun in the plural form
  • elles (they) - for more than one female or a feminine noun in the plural form

Note that the subject pronoun je becomes j' before a vowel or silent h.

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