Bonjour Janice, The French pronoun soi is for impersonal constructions, so you use it with another impersonal word such as on. For example,
On doit le faire soi-même = One has to do it oneself Compare that to
Tu dois le faire toi-même = You have to do it yourself.
Then how is soi used? I’m very confused because it seems the lessons using on or il faut use soi one time and soi-même the next. What’s the difference. Many thanks for clearing this up.
Will someone address our confusion using soi or soi-même? The rules in the lessons seem identical for using either one: the universal, on, il faut. I have to keep guessing. Thanks.
You will use 'soi' when it refers to a general statement applying to everyone:
Chacun pour soi = Everyman for himself
Avoir confiance en soi = To have self-confidence
Rester chez soi = To stay home
Regarder devant soi = To look in front of oneself
Hope these help!
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