Tous vs Toutes

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Tous vs Toutes

Why do I often hear 'Bonjour à tous et à toutes'! Doesn't 'tous' cover a mixed group?

Asked 1 year ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

It is basically an example of more inclusive language - emphasising that the 'hello' is indeed to both the male and female 'audience'. Often heard on the radio and TV in France, for instance - and can be heard as 'à tous et à toutes', or 'à toutes et à tous'. 

But yes, "à tous" grammatically covers a mixed group and remains in general use also.

Tous vs Toutes

Why do I often hear 'Bonjour à tous et à toutes'! Doesn't 'tous' cover a mixed group?

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