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Why 'eux' n not 'ils'?

Maithilee Kwiziq community member

Why 'eux' n not 'ils'?

*Eux* seuls sont venus - why this is correct and not - Ils seuls sont venus 

Asked 4 months ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Salut Maithilee,

The simple answer to your query "Why not Ils seuls sont venus ?" is that the lesson is about stress pronouns and "ils" is not a stress pronoun it is a subject pronoun.

The appropriate stress pronoun for "ils" is "eux"     "They are the only ones who came" or "they alone came"

Hope this helps.

Bonne continuation

Jim

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Jim's right, eux is the stress pronoun of the 3rd person plural (ils).

Ils sont venus seuls. They came alone. No stress pronoun needed since it's a simple and neutral statement.
Eux seuls sont venus. -- They alone came. Here the stress is on who really came, hence the stress pronoun. The clue is the placement of the adjective seuls

Why 'eux' n not 'ils'?

*Eux* seuls sont venus - why this is correct and not - Ils seuls sont venus 

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