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Tu ne peux t'en prendre qu'à toi-même

Rod

Kwiziq community member

7 October 2017

6 replies

Tu ne peux t'en prendre qu'à toi-même

This relates to:
Expressing 'myself, etc...' with stress pronouns and 'même' -

Rod

Kwiziq community member

7 October 2017

7/10/17

I’m lost as to how this means You can only blame yourself. I get the Tu ne peux ....que part, meaning You can only, but can you help me with the t’en prendre part? Thanks!

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

7 October 2017

7/10/17

Hi Rod, the expression "s'en prendre à [quelqu'un]" is actually quite close in structure and sense as "to take it out on " but it can also mean to blame someone. Hope that helps!

Rod

Kwiziq community member

7 October 2017

7/10/17

Yes it does. Thanks Gruff!

Ron

Kwiziq community member

7 October 2017

7/10/17

Merci Gruff pour votre réponse. I have not seen this locution previously. The words/phrases that I learned are:
reprocher
être responsable, i.e. tu es responsable. . .
attribuer à quelqu'un la responsabilité de qch
Is the phrase «s'en prendre à» an idiomatique phrase?
Bonne journée

Donald

Kwiziq community member

10 October 2017

10/10/17

Rod/Ron: J'ai eu le même question moi-même. Je pense qu'on pourrait écrire Je ne peux m'en prendre à moi-même. J'aimerais aussi savoir que la phrase soit une phrase idiomatique. C'est très interessante.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

17 October 2017

17/10/17

Just to complement the answer:

French is a pretty idiomatic language, meaning that it relies heavily on the specific meaning of idioms. Of those there are many using "en". You can't literally translate them. Just learn them by heart and start using them. You'll see they work very nicely in everyday speech.

J'en ai marre = I am sick of it.
Tu m'en veux = You are mad at me.
Il s'en va = He is leaving.
Je m'en fiche = I don't care.

There are many more (also using "y"), of which your example is only one among many.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

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