vous

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Polish wąs.

Noun[edit]

vous m

  1. beard

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vos.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

vous (formal singular, and plural)

  1. The plural personal pronoun in the second person:
    1. (subject pronoun) You.
      Vous allez - You go.
    2. (direct object pronoun) You.
      Je vous adore - I love you.
  2. You, to you (indirect object pronoun).
    Je vous donne mon adresse - I give you my address or I give my address to you.
  3. The plural or singular personal pronoun in the second person, at the polite form:
    Monsieur je ne vous connais pas - Mister I don't know you.

Usage notes[edit]

  • vous is used to address more than one person or to address one person formally.
  • vous is used, for example, when two people meet for the first time. Each person would continue to use vous even if the pair spent the whole day and evening together. But the next time they meet, even the next day, each would use tu instead.
  • The use of vous is always considered professional and is used in office settings, schools, etc. to address a single person even when the speaker knows that person well. Thus, Avez-vous fini? (are you finished) may often be heard in an office setting, while As-tu fini? (singular, personal you) is not as common.

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin vos

Pronoun[edit]

vous

  1. you (plural or polite form)

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin vos

Pronoun[edit]

vous

  1. Alternative form of vos.