can you say "Je en connais certains" instead of "Je connais certains d'entre eux"?

juke

Kwiziq community member

28 January 2017

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can you say "Je en connais certains" instead of "Je connais certains d'entre eux"?

This relates to:
Certain(e)s d'entre eux/elles = Some of them (indefinite pronouns) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 February 2017

3/02/17

Bonjour Juke ! You could indeed use "en" to replace the group introduced by "de" : "J'en connais certains." There would be a slight nuance: - "Je connais certains d'entre eux." = I know some of them. - "J'en connais certains." = I know some [of them]. In the second case, there is less emphasis on "them". I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Max

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2018

30/09/18

It would IMO be more idiomatique and less stuffy to say J'en connais quelques-uns.

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