Je n'en attendais pas


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28 January 2019

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Je n'en attendais pas

As Judy and Marnie ask. What does the en replace? I am assuming a structue like 'attendre qqch de qqn'. With the de vous for 'de qqn' the end. Is there an implied phrase such as 'I expected nothing less (of this service) from you'?

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French writing exercise "In a clothes store"


Kwiziq community member

29 January 2019


Je n'en attendais pas. -- I wasn't expecting this.

It's probably best to take this as a fixed phrase rather than overanalyze it. The literal translation would probably be something like: I wasn't expecting (anything) of that. And the "of that" is replaced by en. That's how my brain parses it.

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