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.
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
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