In the third sentence, we are given the hint to use "on", but then marked wrong when we used it instead of "nous."
Freeform Writing Exercise C1
Bonjour Eleonora et Jim !
Yes indeed, the answers should have given "on" and not "nous" based on the hint. Thanks to you Eleonora, it's now been amended :)
As for Jim's question regarding pronouns with pets, here I'd say it's just like in English: most people with pets will "personify" them, and as in French we have a clear gender for nouns in general, it's even more pronounced here. Thus, animals are always referred to by "il" or "elle", most of the times regardless of their actual gender : thus, we say "elle" when talking about a mouse (la souris) and "il" about a hamster (un hamster), even if they are a male mouse and a female hamster :) As for "on" and "nous", we naturally use them when talking about our pets and us, and indeed for any groups of living beings. -> Les souris et moi, nous avons / on a un arrangement.I hope that's helpful!Bonne journée !
I think that you should file an error report about this.
I don't understand how "on" can be used for a human-animal group. https://www.wordreference.com/fren/on
Seems to me that "on" isn't correct for an animal-human group?
I have since the above, further researched this point and it is correct to use the third person to reference an animal. So we could say "il" (third-person singular) which suggests that to refer to oneself and a dog (me and it) could well be correct to use "nous"
I'm very much looking forward to input from a Francophone moderator on this aspect.
I have flagged this up, thank you for bringing it to our attention.
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