Grammar / intermediate

About Them (Part 3)


In previous posts, I spoke about two ways to translate “them”: leur and les. This post will be about the third way to do it,eux /uhr/ (Listen).

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When To Use

Use “eux” to identify a group containing guys.

Groups of girls are described as “elles” /el/ (Listen).

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How To Use

eux” is used when you refer to them, except not around a verb. Example:

il leur présente

He greets them. He introduces them to Brigitte. 
- Who does he do this for?
- (For) them!

eux” often follows a preposition:

avec eux /avekuhr/ (Listen) –> with them.

sans eux /sonzuhr/ (Listen) –> without them.

à côté d’eux /ah ko tay duhr/ (Listen) –> besides them.

devant eux /dvon tuhr/ (Listen) –> in front of them.

à eux /ah uhr/  (Listen) –> to them.

eux” can also happen as a subject:

Ils ont mangé tout le gâteau. Ce sont eux qui l’ont mangé! (Listen)
They ate the whole cake. They’re the ones who ate it!

Moi, j’aime les films de science fiction. Eux ne les aime pas. (Listen)
Personally, I enjoy Sci-Fi movies. They, however, do not.

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Want more?

eux” is called a stressed pronoun, or, in French, un pronom disjoint (disjunctive pronoun), or yet again un pronom tonique (You have to admit it sounds like a type of grammar drink. “Excuse me, I’ll  have a Pronoun Tonic with my sentence please.” Use it as such, responsibly).

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