What is the difference between vous and ils/elles in french?

for this example ton mari et les enfants

^ would it be vous or ils. and why

4 Answers

  • 5 years ago
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    vous means 'you' but plural (or formal), ils means a group of males or a group of males and females and elles means a group of just females.

    The sentence would be 'ils' because you are not talking to one of them, so therefore not vous, you are talking about more than one person, and a 'mari' is a man, so it doesn't matter of the gender of the children.

  • 5 years ago

    Vous = you

    Ils/elles = they

    You understand the difference between "you" and "they" in English?

    If you were talking to somebody about their husband and children, would you say "you" or "they"?

    Same answer in French.

    (Hint: the word "you" includes the person you're talking to. "Your husband and children" does not include the person you're talking to.)

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    5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Ton mari et les enfants = Ils (They)

    If you were to say "You and the children", that would be "vous". (You)

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