Emphatic / disjunctive / stressed / pronoun – pronom emphatique / disjoint / tonique


Let's Define It!

What's a *emphatic pronoun*?

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.


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Below, you will find a few sentences containing a disjunctive pronoun. They are underlined and bolded for your convenience.

C'est avec moi que vous viendrez. / It's with me that you will come. 

Il ne la connaissait pas, mais, elle, elle savait déjà son nom. / He didn't know her, but she already knew his name. 

C'est lui qui a parlé / It is he who spoke.



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