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You are correct, a singular pronoun expects a verb in singular and a plural pronoun expects a verb in plural. Off topic note: This is the same rule as in English which used to have the very same distinction between casual singular and polite plural. Nowadays, the "vouvoiement" is the only standard so you say And you? What do you do? regardless of ...
It is called "vouvoiement". There is three different ways to talk to someone: Tu, singular, second person Target: You are speaking to only one person. Context: You know this person. It is a friend, a member of your family or in some cases a colleague you work with (some people are not comfortable with it though). This isn't formal, but it is still ...
Gramatically, vous is second person plural and you should aways conjugate in plural, but it's common in many languages to use the plural as a way of expressing respect or politeness towards a single person. Even in the english phrase "And you? What do you do?" you can be plural, but as it happens, it's the same word for plural and singular in English.
You are right. 'vous faites' can be use for plural OR to express formality to a person. If you are talking to a person and use 'vous faites', you are showing politeness.
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