L'un(e) ... l'autre, les un(e)s ... les autres = One ... the other(s) (indefinite pronouns)

Look at these sentences:

Les enfants sont pleins d'énergie: les uns courent, les autres crient.
The children are full of energy: some run, others shout.

Les femmes étaient occupées: les unes cuisinaient, les autres faisaient la vaisselle.
The women were busy: some were cooking, others were washing the dishes.

Tom et Maxime sont très différents: l'un est calme et l'autre hyperactif.
Tom and Maxime are very different: one is calm, and the other hyperactive.

Mes chaussettes ne vont pas ensemble: l'une est bleue et l'autre rouge.
My socks don't match: one is blue and the other is red.

Notice that l'un... l'autre means 'one (of)... the other', and les uns... les autres means 'some (of)... others'.  

N.B.: un and autre agree in gender (un/une/autre) and number (uns/unes/autres) with the object it refers to.

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Tom et Maxime sont très différents: l'un est calme et l'autre hyperactif.
Tom and Maxime are very different: one is calm, and the other hyperactive.


Les femmes étaient occupées: les unes cuisinaient, les autres faisaient la vaisselle.
The women were busy: some were cooking, others were washing the dishes.


Les enfants sont pleins d'énergie: les uns courent, les autres crient.
The children are full of energy: some run, others shout.


Mes chaussettes ne vont pas ensemble: l'une est bleue et l'autre rouge.
My socks don't match: one is blue and the other is red.


Q&A

Terri

Kwiziq community member

3 August 2017

2 replies

This is a question on grading the writing challenges (which are great-Thanks!)

I struggle with grading the Writing Challenges. An example I have just had: The correct answers were (1) "on a beaucoup de choix", and (2) "on a plein d'options". My answer was a mixture of the two: "on a beaucoup d'options". Question: when there are two correct answers, are the parts 'interchangable'? Are "a plein d' " interchangeable with "a beaucoup de", and "d'options" with "de choix"? Or is the correct answer exactly as it is written in the first or the second sentence? I hope this makes sense! Thank you in advance for your help! Terri

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

5 August 2017

5/08/17

Bonjour Terri, Yes, generally speaking, unless there's a note that says something like "familiar" or "too formal" next to one answer, the pieces of the correct answers are interchangeable.

Terri

Kwiziq community member

7 August 2017

7/08/17

Thank you, Laura, for the clarity. I enjoy the writing challenges, but the grading was always a challenge - now I'll enjoy the writing even more.

Donald

Kwiziq community member

3 August 2017

2 replies

Puis-je aussi dire ou utiliser certain / certains / certaines au lieu de

Ron

Kwiziq community member

9 August 2017

9/08/17

Bonsoir Donald, Je pense que votre question confuse deux leçons uniques: l'une concerne l'un(e) . . . l'autre : https://french.kwiziq.com/my-languages/french/view/744 -- pendant l'autre concerne: Certain(e)s d'entre eux/elles : https://french.kwiziq.com/my-languages/french/view/747. Peut-être ce serait prudent de passer en revue le deux. J'espère que cela vous aidera et bien sùr, bonne chance. Ron

Donald

Kwiziq community member

11 August 2017

11/08/17

Merci Ron. Je crois que vous avez raison. Don
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