Using stress pronouns in compound subjects and objects (unlike English)

Look at these examples:

Jean et moi sommes allés au cinémaJean and I went to the cinema

Marie a invité Jean et moi au mariageMarie invited Jean and me to the wedding

Marie et lui vont venir me voir.He and Marie are going to come and see me.

Ma femme et toi êtes meilleures amies.My wife and you are best friends.

Hugo et eux ne s'entendent pas.They and Hugo don't get along.

Toi et moi sommes plus que des amis.You and I are more than friends.

When referring to groups of pronouns connected by and or or (Martin and I, you and I, he or she...), in French we always use stress pronouns:

moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, elles


Note also how in French, the pronoun is always in second place.

Note: In English we use Pronom sujet (John and I went to the cinema) or Pronom d'objet (Mary invited John and me to the wedding) according to their role in the sentence.

French cannot use subject pronouns or object pronouns with these conjunctions, but rather requires stress pronouns (Pronom disjonctif).

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Marie et lui vont venir me voir.He and Marie are going to come and see me.
Marie a invité Jean et moi au mariageMarie invited Jean and me to the wedding
Toi et moi sommes plus que des amis.You and I are more than friends.
Jean et moi sommes allés au cinémaJean and I went to the cinema
Ma fille et elles jouent ensemble.My daughter and they play together.
Ma femme et toi êtes meilleures amies.My wife and you are best friends.
Hugo et eux ne s'entendent pas.They and Hugo don't get along.
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