On peut se tutoyer ?
[o(n) peu seu tu twa yay
Can we use tu
with each other?
French makes an important distinction between tu
, the informal "you," and vous
, the formal "you." There are even verbs: tutoyer
means "to use tu
" and vouvoyer
means "to use vous
." Deciding whether to use tu
can be difficult for non-native speakers, and then even when you do choose correctly, you sometimes need to make a switch. That's where the French expression on peut se tutoyer
Some situations, such as a meeting between friends of friends, are borderline - the French feel that maybe they should use vous
but would prefer tu
. In order to avoid offense, they'll ask on peut se tutoyer ?
Another common scenario occurs when you start out using vous
with someone and eventually become friends - at some point you'll want to make the switch to tu
Peut-on se tutoyer ? On se tutoie ?
Lesson: tu vs vous
Quiz: tu or vous?