How to know when to use "soi" or "soi-même" to say "oneself"?

Answered! Jump to accepted answer.


Kwiziq community member

19 February 2018

1 reply

How to know when to use "soi" or "soi-même" to say "oneself"?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, elles (advanced stress pronouns)"


Kwiziq language super star

19 February 2018


Bonjour Michael !

I agree that it's indeed quite a tricky point!
Indeed, after looking into it thoroughly, I can't really come up with a better explanation than "colloquial usage", which I admit is not really satisfying :)

​I would say however that we will tend to use soi rather than soi-même after prepositions (devant, avec...) and with comparisons or after que in general.

Soi-même will more often be used to emphasise that you do the action yourself:

Il faut le faire soi-même.

I hope that's helpful!​
Merci et bonne journée !

Your answer

Login to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Think you've got all the answers?

Test your French to the CEFR standard

find your French level »
Let me take a look at that...