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Can "en" ever express waiting?

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Tom Rune

Kwiziq community member

18 December 2017

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Can "en" ever express waiting?

I understand the examples given in this lecture (although I'd have like "en" to be contrasted with "pendant" as well), but can "en" ever mean "in" as in "I'll leave in one hour"? Or should I forget completely about using "en" in that sense?

This relates to:
En vs dans (prepositions of time) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

18 December 2017

18/12/17

I'll leave in one hour is "Je pars dans une heure."
I believe that "en" cannot be used in this context.


-- Chris.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 December 2017

19/12/17

"Je pars en une heure" would mean I leave within one hour.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Tom Rune

Kwiziq community member

19 December 2017

19/12/17

Yes, that makes sense. Thank you.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

19 December 2017

19/12/17

Bonjour Tom and Chris !

Actually, "Je pars en une heure" would be closer to something like "It's taking me an hour to leave.", in a very awkward way.


You cannot use en in the sense of in + [a future duration], it will always be dans :)

Bonne journée !

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