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Use of "en"

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Martin

Kwiziq community member

7 July 2017

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Use of "en"

I don't really understand why "en" is used in this example, even after having reviewed the lesson you mention. Where does "de" come into it? "If I had a house", for example, would be "Si j'avais une maison" - not "Si j'en avais une maison, surely? In this case, the use of "en" seems to be rather random!

This relates to:
Conjugate avoir in le Conditionnel Présent (conditional mood) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

7 July 2017

7/07/17

Bonjour Martin !

Could you please send me the sentence you're referring to?
I'd be happy to assist :)

À bientôt !

Martin

Kwiziq community member

7 July 2017

7/07/17

Merci Aurélie. The sentence is : "J'aurais une grande maison si j'en avais les moyens." I understand the use of "en" where "de..." occurs before, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.
Cordialement - Martin

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 July 2017

14/07/17

Bonjour Martin !

Here it's because the full expression would be "avoir les moyens de [faire quelque chose]" = to have the means to [do something].

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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