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Using Tu when you’re 74…

Lisa O.A1Kwiziq community member

Using Tu when you’re 74…

Can someone at least point me to a detailed explanation of when to use Tu. I am 74 and I have assumed nobody will tutoyer me automatically. I would prefer not to tutoyer someone else merely for some hierarchical reason, so I am focusing on the vous form (as does Pimsleur, which I am also using). But, if I go to a French Meet Up in America, will everyone be using Tu? And what about visiting Guadeloupe?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Lisa, 

Take a look at this comprehensive article highlighting when to use the 'tu' and the 'vous' in France today.

Let me know if it answers your query -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/tutoyer-or-vouvoyer-that-is-the-question

 

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Lisa, my advice is not to sweat this too much. When in doubt, use vous. If someone addresses you informally, you reciprocate.

Using Tu when you’re 74…

Can someone at least point me to a detailed explanation of when to use Tu. I am 74 and I have assumed nobody will tutoyer me automatically. I would prefer not to tutoyer someone else merely for some hierarchical reason, so I am focusing on the vous form (as does Pimsleur, which I am also using). But, if I go to a French Meet Up in America, will everyone be using Tu? And what about visiting Guadeloupe?

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