Person – personne
Let's Define It!
What's a *person*?
This is a grammatical category describing the relation between the speaker and the other people or things being talked to or about.
We usually encounter the term person (une personne in French) in the context of personal pronouns (moi, eux, je, vous, etc). Here are the personal subject pronouns listed below:
- 1st person singular and plural --> je (I) and nous (we) respectively and representing the person(s) or thing(s) speaking.
- 2nd person singular and plural --> tu (you) and vous (you plural or formal) respectively and representing the person(s) or thing(s) being spoken to.
- 3rd person singular and plural --> il/elle/on (he/she/it) and ils/elles (they) respectively and representing the person(s) or thing(s) being spoken of.
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?
Here are a few sentences including persons (personal pronouns).
Marie est malade. Elle n'est pas allée à l'école ce matin. Mary is sick. She didn't go to school this morning. [3rd person singular feminine]
Je (Herman) mangerai mon dîner tard ce soir. I will eat my dinner late tonight. [1st person singular masculine]
Elles sont avocates. They are lawyers. [3rd person feminine plural]