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26 February 2016
why " j'achète un ppantalon." become "je l'achète" ?
This question relates to:French lesson "Replacing nouns with le, la, l', les = it, him, her, them (direct object pronouns)"
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It doesn't; j'achète un pantalon should become j'en achète.
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3 March 2016
Actually it's a bit more complicated!
Here 'un pantalon' means 'a pair of trousers'. Depending on context, you could use l' or en :
J'achète un pantalon. J'en achète un. (I'm buying a pair of trousers. I'm buying one.)
J'ai acheté un pantalon. Je l'adore ! (I bought a pair of trousers. I love it!)
J'achète des pantalons. J'en achète. (I'm buying some pairs of trousers. I'm buying some.)
You can only use en on its own when talking about a vague or uncountable quantity (some).
I hope that's helpful!
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