Nous, vous, eux, elles = us, you, them (stress pronouns)

Just as in English we have 'they' and 'them' (but note, only 'you'), French uses these so-called plural Stress Pronouns.

Note that most are the same as the Subject pronouns, with the exception of eux.

Subject Pronoun Stress Pronoun
nous nous
vous vous
ils eux
elles elles

 

Simple uses of Stress pronouns

- extra emphasis

Vous aimez le vin alors qu'elles , elles détestent ça !
You like wine whereas they hate that!

Tu vas chez Lisa pendant que nous, nous nettoyons la maison.
You go to Lisa's place while we clean the house.

Je vais à la poste, et eux, ils vont au supermarché.
I'm going to the post office, and THEY are going to the supermarket.

Note that in English, you would use intonation to mark emphasis.


single word responses

Qui veut du gâteau ? - Nous !
Who wants cake? - Us!

Et ces filles? - Elles? Oh non!
What about those girls? - Them? Oh no!

Qui est-ce? Eux!
Who is it? Them!

- very simple sentences 

C'est nous, c'est vous
It's us, it's you

Pas eux!
Not them!

Vous aussi!
You too!



Eux is used whenever the group is masculine or mixed.
Only use elles when all members of the group are female.


See also the singular stress pronouns: Moi, toi, lui, elle = me, you, him, her (stress pronouns)
and the more advanced lesson Moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, elles (advanced stress pronouns)

NOTE: With eux and elles, technically you should say Ce sont... for it is but you will hear people use c'est. Use ce sont in writing, but you can use c'est in speech.
See C'est, ce sont = this is, these are (demonstrative pronouns)

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

C'est nous, c'est vous
It's us, it's you


Vous aimez le vin alors qu'elles , elles détestent ça !
You like wine whereas they hate that!


Pas nous!
Not us!


Tu vas chez Lisa pendant que nous, nous nettoyons la maison.
You go to Lisa's place while we clean the house.


Pas eux!
Not them!


Nous non plus !
Us neither!


Je vais à la poste, et eux, ils vont au supermarché.
I'm going to the post office, and THEY are going to the supermarket.


Qui est-ce? Eux!
Who is it? Them!


Vous aussi!
You too!


Et ces filles? - Elles? Oh non!
What about those girls? - Them? Oh no!


Qui veut du gâteau ? - Nous !
Who wants cake? - Us!


pronoms disjonctifs



Q&A Forum 4 questions, 11 answers

Just as in English we have 'they' and 'them' (but note, only 'you'),

Does anyone know what that sentence means? In English, please.

It's the first sentence in this lesson.

Thanks.

Asked 1 month ago
AaronC1Correct answer

In English, we have two forms of the third-person plural pronoun: "they" and "them". [Usually which one to use depends on whether it's the subject or the object, but sometimes we use the objective form as a so-called disjunctive or "stress(ed)" pronoun.] (However, note that we have only one form of "you".) Similarly, French has different pronoun forms, and in this lesson you'll learn about the use of so-called "stress(ed)" pronouns in French. [These are pronouns that are in the objective form and are often but not always used as objects. As "stress(ed)" pronouns they can also be used as the subject, or to repeat the subject for emphasis.]

That sentence isn't really worded to pull you into that lesson, I agree. It's difficult to wrap your head around. Aaron explained the use of stress pronouns already. I just wanted to draw your attention to their use in English:

You and me, we are going to have fun! -- Toi et moi on va s'amuser!

Here toi et moi are stress pronouns of what would otherwise be tu et je. It is exactly the same in English: you and me are also stress pronouns of would otherwise be you and I. Note, that the stressed version of you doesn't change but the stressed version of I is me in English.

You and them are going to have fun! -- Toi et eux vous allez vous amuser!

Same thing again, this time with eux being the stress pronoun for ils (and "them" being the stress pronoun for "they" in English).

Just as in English we have 'they' and 'them' (but note, only 'you'),

Does anyone know what that sentence means? In English, please.

It's the first sentence in this lesson.

Thanks.

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Why was toi incorrect on test?

The question was:  "- Nous ?" "- Non, pas ________ !"

The correct response was "vous". Why is "toi" incorrect?

Asked 2 months ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

Well, the tirst person says "Us?" whereupon the second person answers, "No, not you!" (as in plural you, since it is also 'us', i.e., plural me.

Thanks Chris. Wow! You answered my query within 2 hours of posting it.   Andrea

You're welcome!

Je vais à la poste, et eux, ils vont au supermarché

In this sentence why aux and ils both used whey they mean same thing

French speakers like to double up kn the subject. You frequently hear things like

Moi, je vais au marché. 

Why was toi incorrect on test?

The question was:  "- Nous ?" "- Non, pas ________ !"

The correct response was "vous". Why is "toi" incorrect?

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Why is the s not pronounced in pas eux? (Vs how it's pronounced in pas encore)

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super star

Hi Dani,

It just is not ...

Why is the s not pronounced in pas eux? (Vs how it's pronounced in pas encore)

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Why can't stress pronouns be used in the singular?

Asked 3 years ago

The question was "Nous sommes arrivés! - Oh non, pas ___! (We've arrived! - Oh no, not you!)" I answered with "Toi" (ie in the singular) but this was marked as incorrect with "Vous" given as the only right answer. If you could explain the problem with Toi, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

LauraKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Chris,

Sorry for the late response. It can't be singular because they are two different people talking.

John: Nous sommes arrivés ! (Linda and I)

Alice: Oh non, pas vous ! (not the two of you!)

I have to say that it wasn't at all clear that the "oh non, pas..." was a reply to the people saying "nous..." I had thought it was a continuation - hence my frustration.

Why can't stress pronouns be used in the singular?

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