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What about "on"?

AnneC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

What about "on"?

It’d be nice to have an example of what to do with the past participle of être verbs when using "on" when it means "we".  I can’t find this covered in either of the modules On : we.

Asked 8 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

 

The quick answer is that on meaning "we" asks for the plural of the participle, while the impersonal on uses the singular of the participle.

On est allés à un café. -- We went for a coffee.
On est allé à la lune. -- We (=mankind) went to the moon.

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Bonjour Anne,

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/subject-pronoun-on/

It is an interesting point that you raise. I recommend that you access the link above where Laura Lawless addresses this issue.

I think that you will find it interesting and hopefully it will provide a satisfactory answer to your point.

Bonne journée

Jim

AnneC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks for your replies. I just found this discussion of a Listening exercise which implies that Larousse is more in favour of past participle agreement with être when "on" = "nous" than Le bon usage/ Lawless. I do realise it was a rather niche question, given this is mainly an oral usage!

 https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/questions/view/follow-on-qu-on-etait-eberlues

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https://www.lawlessfrench.com/

What about "on"?

It’d be nice to have an example of what to do with the past participle of être verbs when using "on" when it means "we".  I can’t find this covered in either of the modules On : we.

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