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15 August 2018
on is a singular for we. It takes an auxillary verb in the singular; therefor the past participle should be single also so it should be on est allé
This question relates to:French lesson "Agreeing past participle with 'on' (compound tenses)"
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16 August 2018
Well, what can I say. A language is not math.
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I agree with Peter that it is a strange one but as odd as it may be, 'on doit l'accepter'.
Just to recap -
1. When 'on' means 'we', the past participle will agree in gender and number to whom it refers to:
Marianne et moi (Cécile), on est allées au Portugal pour nos vacances d'été.
On est sortis en bande avec des copains hier soir.
On est rentrés tard hier soir après une bonne journée passée en famille.
On s'est séparées à regret, mes amies d'école et moi.
2. When 'On' stands for 'tout le monde', 'les gens', 'en général' , it will stay in the third person singular as in:
On n'est jamais si bien servi que par soi-même = If you want something done right, do it yourself
Quand on a reçu un don, on a des obligations = When you receive a gift, it creates obligations
Hope this helps!
7 November 2018
8 December 2018
25 January 2019
The only difference is this: nous sommes allées is normal register and on est allées is informal. So in essence, you'd always use nous when talking to people you vouvoie and probably switch to on with people you tutoie.
Sometimes one needs to know the reason "WHY" an expression is used in addition to knowing HOW, WHEN and WHERE it is used. It's the difference between memorizing a language and understanding it. It would be interesting to know how this usage evolved...As non-native speakers we need all the help we can get!
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