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Kwiziq community member
28 April 2018
direct object pronouns
hi can you please help me with this example
J'ai encore des cadeaux à acheter - Marie les a déjà tous achetés.
Why is this not Marie en a déjà......
I thought that if it is a partitive then you use en.
thank you for your help
This question relates to:French lesson "Replacing nouns with le, la, l', les = it, him, her, them (direct object pronouns)"
Kwiziq language super star
1 May 2018
Bonjour Krissa !
You can only use "en" when you're replacing a group introduced by de, du, de la or des.
See also https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/the-adverbial-pronoun-en-can-replace-a-phrase-introduced-by-de
In this sentence - Marie les a déjà tous achetés. - the presence of "tous" means that the original sentence would be :Marie a déjà acheté tous les cadeaux.So no "des" here, therefore "en" is not an option in this sentence, only the direct object pronoun les is correct here.
Bonne journée !
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