French Language French Grammar: Impersonal vs Personal

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The Personal versus The Impersonal Form in French

What is an impersonal sentence?[edit | edit source]

A sentence is in the impersonal form if:

  1. The subject is the word "il".
  2. The subject represents nothing and no one.

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • Il pleut des cordes.
It's raining cats and dogs.
  • Il faut être patient.
You have to be patient.
  • Il neige.
It's snowing.

Video (in French) - La phrase de forme impersonnelle[edit | edit source]

What is a personal phrase?[edit | edit source]

When a sentence is not impersonal, we say that it is a sentence in the personal form. This sentence is therefore opposed to the impersonal sentence.

Impersonal Verbs[edit | edit source]

See: Impersonal-Verbs.



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