Emphases and exclamatives

Emphases and exclamatives

Learning Objectives 

  • Be able to emphasize with “c’est/ce sont” + relative pronoun
  • Be able to use stressed pronouns for emphasis
  • Learn how to use exclamatives
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Key Words & Phrases

Stressed pronouns

Pourquoi lui il a un téléphone et pas moi ? C’est pas juste !
Ils sortent, eux. Pas comme nous !


Exclamatives with an adjective
Que c’est beau !
Comme c’est beau !
Qu’est-ce que c’est beau !

Exclamatives with a verb

Qu’il a grandi !
Comme il a grandi !
Qu’est-ce qu’il a grandi !

Exclamatives with a clause

Qu’il est beau, ton dessin !
Comme il est beau, ton dessin !
Qu’est-ce qu’il est beau, ton dessin !

Emphasis (mise en relief)

Ce sont les enfants qui font du bruit.
Les enfants, ce sont eux qui font du bruit.
C’est le problème qu’on n’arrive pas à régler.
C’est ça le problème que vous n’arrivez pas à régler ?
C’est le couteau dont tu t’es servi ?
C’est le parc je me promène.


emphasis (mise en relief) – from 09.20

emphasis with stressed pronouns

exclamative adjectives and adverbs

Chatterbug: emphasis (mise en relief)

Le FLE pour les curieux: emphasis (mise en relief)

Love Learning Languages: emphasis with stressed pronouns

Lawless French: exclamative adverbs


Learn French with Vincent: exclamative adjectives and adverbs

Learn French with Vincent: emphasis with stressed pronouns (from 02.40)

Fred_CM1 B: Exclamative sentences


Grammaire Reverso: emphasis (mise en relief)

Podcast français facile: emphasis (mise en relief)

Grammar Collins Dictionary: emphasis with stressed pronouns

ThoughtCo: exclamative adverbs


Love Learning Languages: practice stressed pronouns

To learn French: practice stressed pronouns and emphasis

Assistance Scolaire: practice emphasis (mise en relief)

Le Point du FLE: practice emphasis (mise en relief) 

Le Point du FLE: practice emphasis (mise en relief) at the start of the sentence

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below.

Write at least five sentences using the information in the table below. Write at least two sentences using stressed pronouns and two sentences using “c’est/ce sont + relative pronoun”.

If you are struggling, use the phrases below to start off your sentences!

  • Elle, elle…
  • Thomas, lui, il…
  • Ce dont elle a envie, … 
  • Ce qui l’inquiète, …
  • Ce qu’il souhaite, …

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below.

Partner Speaking Exercise:

  • Make a short list of wishes and worries. Talk about those with your French-speaking partner, using “c’est/ce sont” + relative pronouns. You can also compare and respond by using stressed pronouns (“moi aussi”, “moi, ce que je veux…”). 

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Choose three objects, people or animals and describe them using exclamative sentences. Make at least five sentences.

Example: Qu’elle est verte, cette plante !

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module.

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