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What are some tricks for avoiding the tu/vous dilemma?

  • Ne pas adresser la parole à la personne concernée
  • Parler seulement de généralités en évitant de s’adresser directement à la personne
  • Parler toujours au pluriel

There are several strategies.

  • Change the whole focus of the sentence. For instance, you want to flatter the person by asking “did you cook this meal yourself?” (knowing that he/she did cook it indeed), you’d be tempted to ask avez-vous cuisiné ce plat vous-même? ; you’ll have to ask ce plat est délicieux, qui l’a cuisiné ? instead.

  • For “your”, instead of ton/votre, always use ce. You want to borrow something, you won’t ask it like “puis-je emprunter ton/votre …” but either “puis-je emprunter ce …”.

  • If talking to someone you know very well from an organisation, like a different company, but you’re not sure of the context (formal/informal?) just always say vous and pretend you talk about the organisation as a whole, which is always a plural, if you get any remark.

  • Sometimes, you just can’t. In this case, use vous repeatedly until the person makes clear that the tu is ok. 🙂

  • Some people have the dirty habit of using neither vous nor tu but will use a third-person instead. Typical from shop owners who want to sound a little fancy: Et il lui faudra quoi au monsieur? Do not do that.

Use this simple rule: use vous by default.

I often ask if I can use tu after a couple of sentences. The answer is always yes.

Use “tu” and say “My mother tongue is english, I don’t do such difference” and smile

Another trick as I discovered by answering another question : sometimes, you can use nous:

  • Ne nous énervons pas!
  • Comment allons-nous ce matin?
  • Prendons-nous du sucre avec notre café?

I’m not saying it’s always applicable, and it will sound weird in a lot of cases, but it’s worth knowing.

As already mentionned, the third person can also be used, but probably only butlers can pull that one off:

  • Monsieur a-t-il bien dormi?
  • Madame est servie.


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