Gender of "on"

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Kwiziq community member

24 December 2016

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Gender of "on"

In the Kaysersberg listening exercise, part of the transcript reads: FEMME: C'est comme quand on était petit Given that it is a woman speaking, shouldn't it be "petite" or does 'on' somehow default to masculine even when a woman uses it about herself?

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


Kwiziq community member

26 December 2016


I think the c'est makes it masculine


Kwiziq language super star

31 December 2018


Hi Joakim,

'On' cannot replace just one person.  If this person was talking she would say: 

Quand j'étais petite...

So she is including others in 'Quand on était petits...'

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