On peut se tutoyer ?

On peut se tutoyer ?
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Informal French Expression

Meaning Can we use tu with each other?
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Pronunciation French sound files [o(n) peu seu tu twah yay]
IPA   [õ pø sə ty twa je]

Usage notes: When you think it might be acceptable to use tu with someone but you’re not quite sure, there’s an easy and polite way to find out: just ask On peut se tutoyer ? The other person will (almost definitely) say yes, and then voilà – you’re all set.

You can use this expression upon meeting someone, when it seems like it might be a tu kind of situation, or after knowing them for a while, when you’ve become friends.


  • Peut-on se tutoyer ?
  • On se tutoie ?

Par exemple…

– Nous sommes voisines depuis cinq ans… on se tutoie ?
– D’accord.
  – We’ve been neighbors for five years… can we use tu?
– OK.
– Hélène, je te présente mon frère, Daniel.
– Bonjour Daniel, enchantée. On peut se tutoyer ?
– Oui, bien sûr.
  – Hélène, this is my brother Daniel.
– Hello Daniel, it’s nice to meet you. Can we use tu?
– Yes, of course.
Lesson: Tu vs vous
French video Video: Tu vs vous

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