Moi, toi, lui, elle, nous, vous, eux, elles (advanced stress pronouns)

In this lesson, you'll see three cases in which stress pronouns (moi, toi, lui, elle, soi, nous, vous, eux, elles) are used in French. 

In sentences, after prepositions (de, à, avec, derrière, pour etc)

Je parle de luiI speak of him

Il pense à elleHe's thinking of her

Je suis devant eux.I'm in front of them.

- in comparisons, after que (plus/moins/aussi ....que),

Jean est plus grand que moi.Jean is taller than me.

Il mange moins de viande que vous.He eats less meat than you do.

Ma sœur chante aussi bien qu'elles.My sister sings as well as they do.

See also Making comparisons with adjectives: plus... que, aussi... que, moins... que

- with the restriction ne... que (only), after que.

Paulette n'aime que lui!Paulette loves only him! 

Je ne veux que toi !I want only you!

Il ne manque qu'eux.They're the last ones.
[Lit. It's only missing them.]

 

Case of soi 

Soi is used to represent a universal "one[self]", in general statements or descriptions. It's the stress pronoun matching the general meaning of "on" (we/you/people) or the impersonal "il".

On ne doit pas penser qu'à soi.One mustn't think only of oneself.

Il faut toujours aider plus petit que soi.One must always help those smaller than oneself.

On n'aime que soi.One only loves oneself.

 

See also previous lessons Moi, toi, lui, elle = me, you, him, her (stress pronouns) and Nous, vous, eux, elles = us, you, them (stress pronouns)

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On ne doit pas penser qu'à soi.One mustn't think only of oneself.
Jean est plus grand que moi.Jean is taller than me.
Il ne manque qu'eux.They're the last ones.
[Lit. It's only missing them.]
Je pense à mes amis. Je pense à eux.I'm thinking about my friends. I'm thinking about them. 
Je ne veux que toi !I want only you!
Laura est derrière nous.Laura is behind us.
Il pense à elleHe's thinking of her
Ma sœur chante aussi bien qu'elles.My sister sings as well as they do.
Je suis devant eux.I'm in front of them.
On n'aime que soi.One only loves oneself.
Je parle de luiI speak of him
Il mange moins de viande que vous.He eats less meat than you do.
Paulette n'aime que lui!Paulette loves only him! 
Il faut toujours aider plus petit que soi.One must always help those smaller than oneself.
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