Since "on" is singular, is, "On est Gentils," correct?

Susan

Kwiziq community member

14 September 2016

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Since "on" is singular, is, "On est Gentils," correct?

This relates to:
Nous vs on (subject pronouns) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 September 2016

15/09/16

Bonjour Susan ! Yes, it is a very peculiar case, but when "on" actually refers to more than one person (= "nous"), you will agree adjectives to the number of people, therefore using plural... UNLESS you're using "on" in a general way (= "one" does...), then you will use the singular form. - Quand on est gentil, le monde nous sourit ! (When one is nice, the world smiles at them!) - On est gentils avec notre sœur. (We're nice with our sister.) I hope this helps! À bientôt !

Susan

Kwiziq community member

15 September 2016

15/09/16

One sees the logic. Merci!

Brenda Leisa

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2018

9/01/18

Merci, beaucoup!

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