Impersonal Pronoun "On"
- Usage of the Impersonal Pronoun On
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Usage of the Impersonal Pronoun On
The pronoun on is used in several situations:
Rule 1: to describe general facts.
On dit que le soleil est jaune.
It is said that the sun is yellow.
Rule 2: to describe a situation in which the subject of the sentence is not known or deliberately not identified. We could use "someone" here.
On m’a volé mon portable.
Someone stole my phone.
Rule 3: in spoken French, it’s often used instead of "we."
On part !
While the pronoun on is impersonal, it does replace the person or action made by the person. It can't be used instead of "it."