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Why is Lui used in the following sentence?

Judy

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2017

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Why is Lui used in the following sentence?

I don't understand the use of lui rather than il in this sentence. Paul est mon meilleur ami. Lui, seul comprend mes problèmes.

This relates to:
Replacing people with lui, leur = him, her, them (indirect object pronouns) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 April 2017

11/04/17

Bonjour Judy !

In this sentence, "lui" is the disjunctive/stress pronoun (moi, toi, elle, lui...) rather than the indirect object pronoun.
It is usually used for emphasis, but this is the specific case when you use it in conjonction with "seul" to express "only he" :
"Lui seul me comprend." (Only he understands me.)
"Moi seul la comprend." (Only I understand her.)
"Elle seule t'écoute." (Only she listens to you.)
etc

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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