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when we use "en" ex:il y en a qui exagérent

abderrahmane

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8 November 2016

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when we use "en" ex:il y en a qui exagérent

This relates to:
Il y a = There is, There are -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

8 November 2016

8/11/16

Bonjour Abderrahmane !

This case is tricky as we omit words in both English and French!
"Il y EN a qui exagèrent !" = "There are [some] OF THEM who are pushing it!"

In French, "en" is used to replace "of them" with quantities, but in this case, we don't express the quantity "some".
We should say "Il y en a [certains] qui exagèrent !", but the expression "Il y en a qui" is very idiomatic and colloquial.

Here is a link to the lesson on "en" :
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/the-adverbial-pronoun-en-means-of-them-with-quantities

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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