How to determine if it's a general statement


Kwiziq community member

21 February 2018

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Kwiziq community member

21 February 2018


Hi Cathy,

if substituting "one" for "on" makes more sense than "we", it is a general statement. For example:

On prend nos vacances l'été. -- We take our vacation in summer (we = us in particular).
On prend ses vacances l'été. -- One takes one's vacation in summer (we = in general).

I hope that helps, -- Chris (not a native speaker).

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