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Why do you have Tu es qui for informal and Vous etes qu for formal?


Kwiziq community member

27 February 2017

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Why do you have Tu es qui for informal and Vous etes qu for formal?

They seem like two completely different questions except the "qui" on the end of it.

This relates to:
Conjugate être (je suis, tu es, vous êtes) in Le Présent (present tense) -


Kwiziq language super star

10 March 2017


Bonjour Amy !

Following your question, I've decided to amend this lesson to make the distinction between formal and informal forms clearer :)

The fact is that in French, we have two ways of saying "you", which can be used in three different contexts:
- "tu" is to address *one* person you know well, i.e. "informal" and "singular"
- "vous" is to address either: - *a group* of people, i.e. "plural"
OR - *one* person in a professional context, or that you don't know
well, i.e. "formal" and "singular"

Also note that in French, verbs change for each different person (I, you, he, she...), hence the completely different morphology of the two questions :)

I also added a link to our related lesson:

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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