French subject pronoun: je = I

The first person singular French subject pronoun je is used a lot like its English equivalent “I”:

Je travaille tous les jours.
I work every day.

Je veux voir ce film.
I want to see this movie.

Je sais ce qui s’est passé.
I know what happened.


1. Unlike “I,” je is only capitalized at the beginning of a sentence.

Hier, je suis allé à la plage.
Yesterday, I went to the beach.

Non, je ne veux pas voir ce film.
No, I don’t want to see this movie.

Dois-je commencer maintenant ?
Do I have to start now?

2. Je contracts to j’ when followed by a vowel or mute h.

J’aime danser.
I like to dance.

Tu sais, j’ai le même problème.
You know, I have the same problem.

Oui, j’habite en France.
Yes, I live in France.