Also, On can be used to refer to ''you'' as in lots of people but I thought that was the translation/ role of Vous?

Faithandrews

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8 March 2019

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Also, On can be used to refer to ''you'' as in lots of people but I thought that was the translation/ role of Vous?

This question relates to:
French lesson "On = we, one, people"

Michelle

Kwiziq community member

18 March 2019

18/03/19

Vous as a plural pronoun adresses a specific group. You--group of people--that I'm talking to right now. On is more general and also more...all encompassing, for lack of a better word. 

To illustrate this with a sentence:

Vous ne devriez pas vous battre-- You two people that I'm talking to shouldn't fight.

On ne devrait pas se battre-- People in general shouldn't fight

I hope that helps (and makes sense).

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