Using vous to French lover ‘is sexy thing to do’

Should you use vous or tu when talking to your neighbour? Your bank manager? Your dog? Your husband?

The old guideline was tu for children and animals, vous for everyone else.

But that doesn’t hold true any more. Just where are you in your relationship? Get it wrong either way, and you’re likely to raise hackles.

Speaking in very broad terms, tu is more left-wing, more egalitarian, revolutionary, young and groovy – vous is more traditional, more right- wing, more conventional, perhaps a little more stolid.

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