Is the use of "on" or "nous" purely a matter of choice? How do I know when to use "on" or "nous," if not specified.

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adrienne

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22 November 2018

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Is the use of "on" or "nous" purely a matter of choice? How do I know when to use "on" or "nous," if not specified.

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Chris

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22 November 2018

22/11/18

The use of "on" meaning "we" is mostly a choice of register. In colloquial and everyday French, you hear "on" more often then "nous". However, if you use "on" in its meaning of an impersonal "one" then there is no alternative.

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