Use of "en" to indicate "it" - one of something.

Charles

Kwiziq community member

25 September 2016

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Use of "en" to indicate "it" - one of something.

I've become comfortable thinking of "en" as "some" or "some of them" as in your example "Il m'en a offert." But it's use as "it" in "Elle leur en a parlé" is throwing me. Why "en" and not "Elle la/le leur a parlé" ?

This relates to:
Indirect object + en (double pronouns) -

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

27 September 2016

27/09/16

In addition to "some," en has a separate meaning: it replaces de + something.


For example, Elle leur a parlé de son idée --> Elle leur en a parlé: lesson.

Charles

Kwiziq community member

28 September 2016

28/09/16

Of course! I remember that lesson now. I had not grasped that en, as a pronoun, has two distinct meanings. Many thanks for reinforcing this.

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