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  • #1098

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

    #1154

    Pascal from Paris
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    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”

    #1379

    abdessamed94
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    we use ‘tu’ when we address to our friends….’vous’ with others who we respect them

    #7272

    toucanne
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    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.

    #8098

    Lupin2018
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    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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