Languages › French Understanding the Types of French Pronouns (Les Pronoms) Grammaire: Les Pronoms Share Flipboard Email Print Kicka Witte / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated February 01, 2019 Pronouns are words that substitute for nouns. There are many different kinds of pronouns, but they can be divided into two main categories: personal and impersonal. This summary will give you an idea of the different kinds of French pronouns; click the links for detailed lessons and examples. What are personal pronouns? Don't take it personally - "personal" simply means that these pronouns change according to the grammatical person that they represent. This table summarizes the five different kinds of French personal pronouns; for more information, click the column headings to go to the relevant lesson: Subject Direct Object Indirect Object Reflexive Stressed je me* me* me* moi tu te* te* te* toi il elle on le la lui se lui elle soi nous nous nous nous nous vous vous vous vous vous ils elles les leur se eux elles *In the imperative, me and te sometimes change to moi and toi - learn more. What are impersonal pronouns? These aren't as cold as they sound—"impersonal" here simply means that, unlike personal pronouns, these pronouns do not change according to grammatical person. However, some of them change to agree in gender and number with the noun that they replace. For details, click the name to read the lesson on that type of pronoun. Adverbials (y, en) replace à + noun or de + noun Demonstratives (celui, celle, ceux, celles) refer to a previously mentioned noun Indefinite Demonstratives (ce, ceci, cela, ça) have no specific antecedent Indefinites (autre, certain, plusieurs...) introduce an unspecific quantity or description Interrogatives (qui, que, lequel) ask who, what, or which one Negatives (ne __ personne, ne __ rien...) negate the noun that they replace Possessives (mien, tien, sien...) replace possessive adjective + noun Relatives (qui, que, dont...) link clauses Indefinite Relatives (ce qui, ce que, ce dont...) link clauses but are unspecific Subjects (ce, il) introduce impersonal verbs or expressions French Pronoun Finder Want to learn more about a particular pronoun but don't know what type it is? Below is an alphabetical list of all the different French pronouns and includes links to the relevant lessons. autre indefinite ça indefinite demonstrative ce indefinite demonstrative ceci indefinite demonstrative ce dont indefinite relative cela indefinite demonstrative celle demonstrative celles demonstrative celui demonstrative ce que indefinite relative ce qui indefinite relative certains indefinite ceux demonstrative chacun indefinite d'autres indefinite dont relative elle stressed subject elles stressed subject en adverbial eux stressed il subject ils subject je subject la direct object le direct object lequel interrogative relative les direct object leur indirect object le leur possessive lui indirect object stressed me direct object indirect object reflexive le mien possessive moi stressed le nôtre possessive nous direct object indirect object reflexive stressed subject on indefinite subject où relative personne negative plusieurs indefinite que interrogative relative quelque chose indefinite quelques-uns indefinite quelqu'un indefinite qui interrogative relative quiconque indefinite indefinite relative quoi indefinite relative rien negative se reflexive le sien possessive soi indefinite stressed te direct object indirect object reflexive tel indefinite le tien possessive toi stressed tout indefinite tu subject un indefinite le vôtre possessive vous direct object indirect object reflexive stressed subject y adverbial Continue Reading What Is Every French Personal Pronoun? What are Antecedents and Pronouns in French? "Le Mode": Verb Mood in French Learn How to Use Indirect Objects and Indirect Object Pronouns What Is Grammatical French Agreement? Learn How to Properly Use the French Imperative Mood French Object Pronouns Explained The Secrets to Writing Effective French Business Letters How to Pronounce the Letter "Y"in French French Articles Can Be Confusing — Here's How to Make Sense of Them Use This Guide to French Negation How to Identify the Subject in French 10 Common Mistakes Advanced French Students Make To Speak French, You'll Need to Learn How to Conjugate Voir Lequel, a Difficult French Pronoun, Explained Learning to Conjugate the French "Aider" Can Be Very "Helpful"