Disjunctive Pronouns

Les pronoms disjoints



Disjunctive pronouns, also commonly called stressed pronouns, are used in cases of emphasis or isolation:

   C’est moi.
   I am here.

In English we when someone asks “who’s next in line” we reply with “me” - not “I”. This is because we are using “me” in a disjunctive way. It is the same with French, questions are answered with disjunctive pronouns.

They are also used when there is more than one subject of sentence*:

   David et moi allons jouer au football.
   David and I are going to play soccer.

In French disjunctive pronouns also serve as prepositional pronouns because they are used after prepositions:

   Il pense à moi.
   He’s thinking of me.

*This is actually similar to the informal use in English of “David and me” as the subject rather than “David and I” which is frowned upon by grammarians.
Singular First-person
Play moi
me I myself
Play toi
Play elle
her it feminine
Play lui
him it masculine
Play soi
Plural First-person
Play nous
Play vous
you all you formal
Play eux
them masculine
Play elles
them feminine

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