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    Could someone help me define when to use ‘tu’ or ‘vous’?
    Is there a rule that we should follow?

    Pascal from Paris

    Tu s’utilises avec des copains, des amis, des enfants, la famille.
    Vous s’emmploi avec les personnes agĂ©es, l’administration, des inconnus,, des clients

    You use Tu with pals, friends, relatives, children
    and Vous with the others
    old persons, the administration, unknown people, customers, people in the street . and with Donald Trump. At least personally I woudd’t say TU too D Trump.

    same thing in in German with Du vs Sie
    or In Italian where the “Vous” is ” Lei”


    we use ‘tu’ when we address to our friends….’vous’ with others who we respect them


    One easy rule of thumb: when in doubt, use “vous.”
    You say “tu” to your friends, usually your parents (although I have known people who say vous to their parents) and close relatives, children and pets, and vous to everyone else.


    Vous is used in professional life and when you don’t know a person , “tu ” is more friendly, day-to-day close relatives, children…,… you will use “vous ” with your teachers, boss, … and everyone else

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