The French You: Tu Or Vous?

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The French You: Tu Or Vous? - Quiz

Which word for "you" do you use with the following?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Your teacher?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    B. Vous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "vous." This is because "vous" is the formal and polite form of addressing someone in French. It is used when speaking to someone who is older, in a position of authority, or someone you do not know well. "Tu," on the other hand, is the informal form used when speaking to friends, family, or people of the same age or younger. Therefore, when addressing a teacher, it is more appropriate to use "vous" to show respect and politeness.

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  • 2. 

    Your father?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    A. Tu
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "tu" because "tu" is the informal form of addressing someone, usually used to address family members, close friends, or people of the same age or younger. In this context, "your father" implies a close relationship, so the appropriate form of address would be the informal "tu."

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  • 3. 

    Your little sister?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    A. Tu
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "tu" because "tu" is the informal singular form of "you" in French. It is used to address someone who is familiar or someone who is younger or of lower status. In this context, "your little sister" suggests a close relationship, so the appropriate form of address would be "tu." "Vous" is the formal or plural form of "you" and would not be appropriate in this situation.

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  • 4. 

    Your cat?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    A. Tu
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "tu" because "tu" is the informal form of "you" in French, used when addressing someone you are familiar with, such as a friend, family member, or pet. In this context, the question is asking about the form of address used for a cat, and since cats are typically considered pets and are often addressed informally, "tu" is the appropriate choice.

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  • 5. 

    Your next-door neighbor's 6-year-old son?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    A. Tu
    Explanation
    In French, "tu" is used to address someone in an informal and familiar way, such as friends, family members, or children. Since the question mentions the neighbor's 6-year-old son, it implies a familiar relationship, making "tu" the appropriate choice to address him. "Vous" is used for formal situations or to show respect to someone older or of higher social status.

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  • 6. 

    Your neighbors (together)?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    B. Vous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "vous". In French, "vous" is the plural form of "you" and is used to address multiple people or show respect to a single person. In the given question, the word "neighbors" suggests that there are multiple people being referred to, so the correct form to use is "vous".

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  • 7. 

    Your distant 21-year-old cousin?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    B. Vous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "vous." The use of "vous" indicates a formal or respectful form of address, which would be appropriate when referring to a distant cousin who is older than you. Using "tu" would be more appropriate for a close or familiar relationship.

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  • 8. 

    The cashier?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    B. Vous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "vous". In French, "tu" is used to address someone informally, like a friend or a family member, while "vous" is used to address someone formally or when speaking to multiple people. Since the word "cashier" does not provide any context about the relationship between the speaker and the cashier, it is safer to use the formal "vous" to show respect and avoid any potential offense.

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  • 9. 

    The waiter?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    B. Vous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "vous." The question is asking about the appropriate form of address for a waiter. In French, "vous" is the formal form of address used when speaking to someone you don't know well or in a professional setting. Therefore, it is more appropriate to use "vous" when addressing a waiter.

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  • 10. 

    Your grandmother?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    A. Tu
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "tu" because "tu" is the informal form of address used when speaking to someone familiar, such as a family member or close friend. Since the question is asking about "your grandmother," it implies a close relationship, so the appropriate form of address would be "tu."

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  • 11. 

    Your grandparents (together)?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    B. Vous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "vous" because when addressing grandparents, it is more respectful to use the formal "vous" instead of the informal "tu". Using "vous" shows a higher level of respect and politeness towards them.

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  • 12. 

    Your classmates (together)?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    B. Vous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "vous". In French, "vous" is the formal and plural form of "you". It is used when addressing multiple people or someone in a respectful manner. In the context of the question, the classmates are being addressed collectively, so the appropriate pronoun to use is "vous".

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  • 13. 

    The President?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    B. Vous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "vous" because when addressing the President, it is customary to use the formal and respectful form of "you" in French, which is "vous".

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  • 14. 

    Your best friend?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    A. Tu
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "tu" because when referring to a best friend in French, the informal second-person singular pronoun "tu" is used. "Vous" is the formal second-person singular or second-person plural pronoun, and it is not typically used when addressing a close friend.

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  • 15. 

    The mailman?

    • A.

      Tu

    • B.

      Vous

    Correct Answer
    B. Vous

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