CHAPTER 2 – Definition – Emphatic pronoun – Pronom emphatique

An emphatic pronoun is a pronoun with many names. It is also referred to as disjunctive pronoun or stressed pronoun or tonic pronoun.

In French, we call this pronoun a pronom emphatique or pronom tonique or pronom disjoint.

This is a pronoun that is often not directly attached to the verb as its subject or object (hence disjunctive). It is a stressed form of a personal pronoun used in isolation or in specific contexts.

  • after prepositions:  de, sanspouravec and so on. Je viens avec toi. / I am coming with you.
  • in sentence fragments (with no verbs). Qui a mangé mon chocolat? Moi.Who ate my chocolate? Me.
  • in comparative sentences — elle est plus rapide que moi. / She is faster than me. 
  • After coordinating conjunctions like ni or et — Je ne veux ni toi ni lui.
  • after c’est or ce sont — C’est moi qui ai pris ton parapluie. / It is I who took your umbrella.