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"Est-ce que l'on peut ..."

Adelaida L.C1Kwiziq community member

"Est-ce que l'on peut ..."

One possible translation heer is given as "Est-ce que l'on peut aller prendre un café? "

Is the "le" at all related to the café as direct object?  Could you explain/provide examples of other uses of "l'on" in such contexts?  Merci en avance! 

Asked 1 year ago
Jim J.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Bonjour Adelaida,

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/why-not-qu-on-as-opposed-to-que-l-on

I found the above link by simply searching for l'on in previous posts  --  I hope you will find this helpful.

Bonne journée

Jim

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Jim's right, but just to state the reason clearly: the l' in l'on is purely to avoid the harsh sounding "qu'on" in favor of the more flowing "que l'on". It carries no grammatical meaning.

"Est-ce que l'on peut ..."

One possible translation heer is given as "Est-ce que l'on peut aller prendre un café? "

Is the "le" at all related to the café as direct object?  Could you explain/provide examples of other uses of "l'on" in such contexts?  Merci en avance! 

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