Impersonal verb – verbe impersonnel


Let's Define It!

What's an *impersonal verb*?

An impersonal verb (un verbe impersonnel) is a verb taking an impersonal pronoun as subject.

This impersonal pronoun doesn't take the place of a specific noun. Instead, it refers to something implied in the context. For example, in a meteorological context, Il fait du vent. It is windy.

(See the section of impersonal pronouns for further examples).


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Let's Have an Example or Two!

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Some sentences including a personal pronoun.

  • Ça neige dehors. It's snowing outside
  • Il pleutIt's raining
  • Il faut manger pour vivre. One must eat to stay alive.
  • Il est préférable d'attendre ici. It's better to wait here.
  • Il se passe de drôles de choses ici. Strange things are happening around here.


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