Stress Pronouns

May 4, 2011 § 5 Comments

Stress pronouns are the last category of pronouns to cover. They are the personal pronouns used with prepositions (and the verb penser à).
DOP’s replace people and things when they are the direct object of a sentence.
IOP’s replace à people.
What does one use when one wants to say “with me”, ” for them”, or “next to her”? – all of the pronouns in these examples come after prepositions.

Stress Pronoun List

me – moi
you – toi
him – lui
her – elle
us – nous
you – vous
them (mixed or masc.) – eux
them (feminine) – elles

*For a list of common prepositions, see this link Prepositions Page

for me – pour moi
with them – avec eux
next to her – à côté d’elle
from you – de toi

* Stress pronouns are also used following “c’est”*
C’est lui qui corrige les autres. – He’s the one who corrects the others.

* Stress pronouns are also used when making comparisons.*
Tu cours plus vite que moi. – You run faster than I do.
Il parle plus couramment qu’eux. – He speaks more fluently than they do.
Vous dansez mieux que lui. – You dance better than he does.

* Used with aussi and non plus*
Moi aussi.
Moi non plus

*Stress pronouns can replace subject pronouns if there is more than one subject*
Charles et moi, nous sommes copains.
Eux et moi, nous sommes les seuls à comprendre.

*There are also some verbs that take stress pronouns when used with people.*
Penser à – to think about
Penser de – to think of (have an opinion)
Songer à – to think about, to dream about
Rêver à – to dream about
Courir à – to run to
Venir à – to come to
Aller à – to go to
Être à – to belong to (a person)
Être habitué á – to be used to
S’habituer á – to be used to
S’adresser á – to address oneself to
S’intéresser à – to be interested in
Faire attention à – to pay attention to
Tenir à – to value

Je pense à toi. I’m thinking of you.
Ce sac à dos est à lui – this backpack is his.
Nous faisons attention à elle. – we’re paying attention to her.
Viens à moi. Come to me.
Go to them. Vas à eux.
La fille s’habitue à nous. The girl is getting used to us.
Je veux aller avec eux, mais je n’irai pas sans toi.
Je sortirai après lui pour aller chez vous.
Je me fie à lui.
Il a couru à elle.
Chacun travaille pour soi.
On est toujours content de rentrer chez soi.
Fais attention à eux, ils ne t’aiment pas.
Je tiens à elle parce qu’elle m’est sympathique.

Here’s another site with a more comprehensive list of the verbs that take stress pronouns. I only listed the main ones on my page. http://blognicefrench.blogspot.com/2013/05/micro-lecon-n55-liste-des-verbes-ou.html?spref=tw

§ 5 Responses to Stress Pronouns

  • Lizette says:


    video with the lyrics of “Ces soirées-la”, which as you said contains several prepositions 🙂

  • Jeanne Weiner says:

    While this is an excellent summation — it doesn’t explain “Et toi?” “et” (in English , “and”) is a conjunction, but your article doesn’t include it. ???

    • tiffany endres says:

      Hi Jeanne, that’s a good question. My first thought is that stress pronouns are also used following conjunctions (and, but, or).

      Ex: Fred et moi, nous allons au parc. Fred and I, we’re going to the park.
      J’aime les fraises, mais lui, il ne peut pas les supporter. I like strawberries, but he, he can’t stand them.

      That being said, I should probably go double check my grammar explanation before stating it as an absolute truth. Holler with any more questions. Bonne journée!

  • yahya nurudeen says:

    hi ! am nurudeen from Ghana in west africa . i appreciate your effort …. but your note fails to elaborate more on the use of “soi” or “on ” !!!! you did not give their equivalence in English language.
    j’aimerais bien comprendre l’usage de ses deux pronoms en question

    bonne journee

    • tiffany endres says:

      Hi Nurudeen,

      Thank you for your note! I will alter the page to give more details sur “soi” – its equivalent in English is “itself” or “onself”, but there are times when it doesn’t really translate, like “on est bien chez soi”. Thank you again!

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