Why can't stress pronouns be used in the singular?

Why can't stress pronouns be used in the singular?

Asked 3 years ago

The question was "Nous sommes arrivés! - Oh non, pas ___! (We've arrived! - Oh no, not you!)" I answered with "Toi" (ie in the singular) but this was marked as incorrect with "Vous" given as the only right answer. If you could explain the problem with Toi, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

LauraKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Chris,

Sorry for the late response. It can't be singular because they are two different people talking.

John: Nous sommes arrivés ! (Linda and I)

Alice: Oh non, pas vous ! (not the two of you!)

I have to say that it wasn't at all clear that the "oh non, pas..." was a reply to the people saying "nous..." I had thought it was a continuation - hence my frustration.

Why can't stress pronouns be used in the singular?

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