When to Use Stress Pronouns in French [+8 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn when to use stress pronouns in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • what stress pronouns are
  • when to use stress pronouns in French
  • how stress pronouns are used in French sentences
  • how to quiz yourself on when to use stress pronouns in French
  • the way to download Anki files for when to use stress pronouns in French

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in A2 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about when to use stress pronouns French!

Table of Contents

Subject Pronouns versus Stress Pronouns

Subject PronounsStress Pronouns
je
I
moi
me
tu
you
toi
you
il
he
lui
him
elle
she
elle
her
nous
we
nous
us
vous
you
vous
you
ils
they
eux
them
elles
they [all female]
elles
they [all female]

When to use Stress Pronouns in French

In French A1 we looked at some basic uses for stress pronouns.

In this lesson you will learn the rest of the use cases.

You will use stress pronouns in the following cases:

  1. Stress pronouns will be used after prepositions.

Je pense à elle.

I am thinking about her.

Nous parlons de lui.

We are talking about him.

Est-ce pour eux ?

Is it for them?

Please read the lesson on common French prepositions, if you need a refresher on some of the most used French prepositions.

  1. Stress pronouns will be used in comparisons after que.

Elle est plus intelligente que moi.

She is smarter than me.

Mon frère est aussi grand que moi.

My brother is as tall as I am.

  1. Stress pronouns will be used when you want to say “and” or “or”.

Danielle et moi allons au zoo.

Danielle and I are going to the zoo.

Esmée et eux sont dans la même classe.

They and Esmée are in the same class.

Tu dois choisir, Cécile ou moi.

You have to chose, Cecile or me.

Please note how the stress pronoun is always after et and ou.

Sentences Overview of When to use Stress Pronouns in French

The final section of this lesson on when to use stress pronouns in French is about seeing the pronouns in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on when to use stress pronouns in French through examples.

Here you can find all of the sentences of the previous chapter, neatly organised in one place.

Tu dois choisir, Cécile ou moi.

You have to chose, Cecile or me.

Mon frère est aussi grand que moi.

My brother is as tall as I am.

Elle est plus intelligente que moi.

She is smarter than me.

Danielle et moi allons au zoo.

Danielle and I are going to the zoo.

Je pense à elle.

I am thinking about her.

Nous parlons de lui.

We are talking about him.

Esmée et eux sont dans la même classe.

They and Esmée are in the same class.

Est-ce pour eux?

Is it for them?

Quiz Yourself on When to use Stress Pronouns in French

It’s not enough just to read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for When to use Stress Pronouns in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A2 you can practice every French A2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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