Quelques-uns/unes

D

Kwiziq community member

11 November 2016

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Quelques-uns/unes

I don''t see the use of these pronouns but have come across them elsewhere. Do they serve as indefinite pronouns? In which contexts might they be used? Perhaps a lesson on these?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

16 November 2016

16/11/16

Bonjour D. !

Indeed "quelques-un(e)s" mean "a few (of them)", literally "a few ones".
There are indeed indefinite pronouns, and you can use them as such:
"Parmi les gens présents, quelques-uns détournaient le regard." (Amongst the people there, a few were looking away.)
"Des fleurs dans le vase, quelques-unes étaient déjà fânées." (Of the flowers in the vase, a few had already wiltered.)
- Note that "un(e)s" agree with the thing it refers to.

I note your suggestion for a lesson on these :)
Merci et à bientôt !

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