L'un(e) ... l'autre, les un(e)s ... les autres = One ... the other(s) (indefinite pronouns)

Look at these sentences:

Les enfants sont pleins d'énergie: les uns courent, les autres crient.
The children are full of energy: some run, others shout.

Les femmes étaient occupées: les unes cuisinaient, les autres faisaient la vaisselle.
The women were busy: some were cooking, others were washing the dishes.

Tom et Maxime sont très différents: l'un est calme et l'autre hyperactif.
Tom and Maxime are very different: one is calm, and the other hyperactive.

Mes chaussettes ne vont pas ensemble: l'une est bleue et l'autre rouge.
My socks don't match: one is blue and the other is red.

Notice that l'un... l'autre means 'one (of)... the other', and les uns... les autres means 'some (of)... others'.  

N.B.: un and autre agree in gender (un/une/autre) and number (uns/unes/autres) with the object it refers to.

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Examples and resources

Mes chaussettes ne vont pas ensemble: l'une est bleue et l'autre rouge.
My socks don't match: one is blue and the other is red.


Tom et Maxime sont très différents: l'un est calme et l'autre hyperactif.
Tom and Maxime are very different: one is calm, and the other hyperactive.


Les femmes étaient occupées: les unes cuisinaient, les autres faisaient la vaisselle.
The women were busy: some were cooking, others were washing the dishes.


Les enfants sont pleins d'énergie: les uns courent, les autres crient.
The children are full of energy: some run, others shout.


Q&A

Latha

Kwiziq community member

1 January 2019

2 replies

Tom et Mary sont très différents: l'un est calme et l'autre hyperactif In this sentence suppose the first one is feminine and second, masculine does

the sentence remain the same or changes to l'une est ..... et l'autre......PS confirm

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

17 January 2019

17/01/19

Hi Latha,

You are right.

If it was -

Nathalie et Josette sont très différentes, l’une est calme et l’autre hyperactive ...

 

 

 

Latha

Kwiziq community member

17 January 2019

17/01/19

Merci

Terri

Kwiziq community member

3 August 2017

2 replies

This is a question on grading the writing challenges (which are great-Thanks!)

I struggle with grading the Writing Challenges. An example I have just had: The correct answers were (1) "on a beaucoup de choix", and (2) "on a plein d'options". My answer was a mixture of the two: "on a beaucoup d'options". Question: when there are two correct answers, are the parts 'interchangable'? Are "a plein d' " interchangeable with "a beaucoup de", and "d'options" with "de choix"? Or is the correct answer exactly as it is written in the first or the second sentence? I hope this makes sense! Thank you in advance for your help! Terri

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

5 August 2017

5/08/17

Bonjour Terri, Yes, generally speaking, unless there's a note that says something like "familiar" or "too formal" next to one answer, the pieces of the correct answers are interchangeable.

Terri

Kwiziq community member

7 August 2017

7/08/17

Thank you, Laura, for the clarity. I enjoy the writing challenges, but the grading was always a challenge - now I'll enjoy the writing even more.

Donald

Kwiziq community member

3 August 2017

2 replies

Puis-je aussi dire ou utiliser certain / certains / certaines au lieu de

Ron

Kwiziq community member

9 August 2017

9/08/17

Bonsoir Donald, Je pense que votre question confuse deux leçons uniques: l'une concerne l'un(e) . . . l'autre : https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/744 -- pendant l'autre concerne: Certain(e)s d'entre eux/elles : https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/744 Peut-être ce serait prudent de passer en revue le deux. J'espère que cela vous aidera et bien sùr, bonne chance. Ron

Donald

Kwiziq community member

11 August 2017

11/08/17

Merci Ron. Je crois que vous avez raison. Don
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