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Nous, vous, eux, elles = us, you, them (stress pronouns)

Just as in English we have 'they' and 'them' (but note, only 'you'), French uses these so-called plural Stress Pronouns.

Note that most are the same as the Subject pronouns, with the exception of eux.

Subject Pronoun Stress Pronoun
nous nous
vous vous
ils eux
elles elles

 

Simple uses of Stress pronouns

- extra emphasis

Vous aimez le vin alors qu'elles , elles détestent ça !
You like wine whereas they hate that!

Tu vas chez Lisa pendant que nous, nous nettoyons la maison.
You go to Lisa's place while we clean the house.

Je vais à la poste, et eux, ils vont au supermarché.
I'm going to the post office, and THEY are going to the supermarket.

Note that in English, you would use intonation to mark emphasis.


single word responses

Qui veut du gâteau ? - Nous !
Who wants cake? - Us!

Et ces filles? - Elles? Oh non!
What about those girls? - Them? Oh no!

Qui est-ce? Eux!
Who is it? Them!

- very simple sentences 

C'est nous, c'est vous
It's us, it's you

Pas eux!
Not them!

Vous aussi!
You too!



Eux is used whenever the group is masculine or mixed.
Only use elles when all members of the group are female.


See also the singular stress pronouns: Moi, toi, lui, elle = me, you, him, her (stress pronouns)
and the more advanced lesson Moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, elles (advanced stress pronouns)

NOTE: With eux and elles, technically you should say Ce sont... for it is but you will hear people use c'est. Use ce sont in writing, but you can use c'est in speech.
See C'est, ce sont = this is, these are (demonstrative pronouns)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Je vais à la poste, et eux, ils vont au supermarché.
I'm going to the post office, and THEY are going to the supermarket.


Qui est-ce? Eux!
Who is it? Them!


Vous aussi!
You too!


Et ces filles? - Elles? Oh non!
What about those girls? - Them? Oh no!


Qui veut du gâteau ? - Nous !
Who wants cake? - Us!


C'est nous, c'est vous
It's us, it's you


Vous aimez le vin alors qu'elles , elles détestent ça !
You like wine whereas they hate that!


Pas nous!
Not us!


Tu vas chez Lisa pendant que nous, nous nettoyons la maison.
You go to Lisa's place while we clean the house.


Pas eux!
Not them!


Nous non plus !
Us neither!


pronoms disjonctifs



Q&A

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 May 2016

3 replies

Why can't stress pronouns be used in the singular?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

17 May 2016

17/05/16

The question was "Nous sommes arrivés! - Oh non, pas ___! (We've arrived! - Oh no, not you!)" I answered with "Toi" (ie in the singular) but this was marked as incorrect with "Vous" given as the only right answer. If you could explain the problem with Toi, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

31 May 2016

31/05/16

Bonjour Chris,


Sorry for the late response. It can't be singular because they are two different people talking.


John: Nous sommes arrivés ! (Linda and I)


Alice: Oh non, pas vous ! (not the two of you!)

Chris

Kwiziq community member

31 May 2016

31/05/16

I have to say that it wasn't at all clear that the "oh non, pas..." was a reply to the people saying "nous..." I had thought it was a continuation - hence my frustration.
Clever stuff underway!