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Whether it’s in French or in English, les pronoms (pronouns) belong to one of those classes grammaticales that many people seem to often have a hard time remembering what they are, or what they are supposed to stand for.
Here in The French Blog, the goal is always to try -and, hopefully, succeed too- to give you the best astuces (tricks) to learn something well—and remember it for good!
* Qu’est-ce que les pronoms (What are pronouns), au juste (precisely)? Acording to etymonline.com, the definition of a pronoun is as follows:pronoun 1520s, from pro- and noun; modeled on M.Fr. pronom, from L. pronomen, from pro- “in place of” + nomen “name, noun.” A loan-translation of Gk. antonymia. Adj. pronomial is recorded from 1640s.Like Jean-Paul Belmondo, quickly become “un vrai pro” des pronoms (Become a “real pro” of pronouns)!
From this definition, we can see clearly that un pronom is in fact breakable like this:
PRONOM = PRO + NOM
(PRONOUN = PRO + NOUN)
-Now, make sure you always remember this 🙂
* Prenons un exemple (let us take an example):
– “J’aime beaucoup le French Blog. Le French Blog est le seul Blog en français dont le contenu offre autant de variété!” (Meaning: “I like the French Blog. The French Blog is the only Blog in French whose content offers as much variety!”) 🙂
As you noticed, un pronom (a pronoun) would serve the purpose of avoiding la répétition.
So instead of the previous phrase (sentence), it is possible to replace “le French Blog” by a pronoun that would assume the same genre (gender) and nombre (number), which in this case are masculin for the former, and singulier for the latter:
– “J’aime beaucoup le French Blog. Il est le seul Blog en français dont le contenu offre autant de variété!” (Meaning: “I like the French Blog. The French Blog is the only Blog in French whose content offers as much variety!”) 🙂
* Here’s a non-exhaustive list of pronoms, classified by categories (Notice that one pronoun can belong to more than just one category!):