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How to use the word je

The word je is a subject pronoun corresponding to English I:

  • it generally comes just before the verb: constructions like English I usually work (where there is an adverb between I and the verb) aren't possible in French;
  • the verb must "agree" with je: see the grammar article on how to say I am ...ing in French for more information;
  • to translate phrases such as David and I, use moi; if the phrase is the subject of the verb, use the nous form of the verb, which always ends in -ons (David and I work = David et moi travaillons).

Comment traduire en anglais "je travaille", "je suis" etc?

Au temps présent:

  • pour exprimer une action habituelle, on utilise I avec la forme simple du verbe: I work = je travaille;
  • pour exprimer la notion de "je suis en train de travailler" (etc) ou "je travaille (etc) en ce moment", il faut utiliser la formule I am ...ing: I am working (at the moment) = je travaille (en ce moment) (la phrase suivante ne se dirait pas en anglais: I work at the moment).

1 je Subject clitic   Pronounce

(a) shortened to j' before a vowel I; plusieurs contractions sont possibles en anglais ~ suis... I'm..., I am... (frm or emphatic); j'ai deux soeurs I've got two sisters, I have two sisters (frm)

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