Tu vs vous

MarieC1Kwiziq community member

Tu vs vous

I am trying why the woman's male partner addresses her as "tu" in one sentence, then as "vous" in the next sentence. Would please explain why?

Asked 2 years ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

There is only 1 occasion of reported speech from the partner, and he would have used ‘tu’ when addressing her. 

The subsequent “you” is the author again, and addressing women generally, hence “vous” is used. 

MarieC1Kwiziq community member

Thank you Maarten for your response. When I worked on this exercise the second time, I read the Hint about addressing the audience. So I agree with you that "vous" should be used in this case.

GraemeC1Kwiziq community member

"vous" is to address the reader, not the partner.

Tu vs vous

I am trying why the woman's male partner addresses her as "tu" in one sentence, then as "vous" in the next sentence. Would please explain why?

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