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Dec

21

2011

'Nous, on n'a pas les moyens de partir en vacances'

From 'Libération'

It's not an exaggeration to say that the pronoun on is very common in French. It has many meanings, including 'one', 'people', 'you' (in an informal context), etc.

In the majority of cases however, it will function as an informal 'we'. In other words, it's an informal nous.

    We'll say things like:
  • On y va? (Shall we go?)
  • On n'a pas les moyens... (We haven't the (financial) means...

... and so on.

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