I am a bit confused, how do you use soi-même? Thanks.

JaniceC1Kwiziq community member

I am a bit confused, how do you use soi-même? Thanks.

Asked 5 years ago
LauraKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

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.

LizC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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. 

LizC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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. 

LizC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

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. 

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Liz, 

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!

I am a bit confused, how do you use soi-même? Thanks.

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