Agreement of past participle with "on" in compound past tense

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Agreement of past participle with "on" in compound past tense

Il m'a emmené dans un bar branché du centre-ville, où on est restés jusqu'à deux heures du matin !  Why is "restes" plural when is singular even though it means "we"?  
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CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi James, 

Just to add to Chris' comments, here is the lesson on the different uses of the pronoun 'on' and the rules of agreements.

On = we, one, people

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

When on is used to mean "we", the verb is singular but any participle will be plural. Weird, I know, but that's just how it is.

Agreement of past participle with "on" in compound past tense

Il m'a emmené dans un bar branché du centre-ville, où on est restés jusqu'à deux heures du matin !  Why is "restes" plural when is singular even though it means "we"?  

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