Reason for “le” in this exercise sentence?

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Reason for “le” in this exercise sentence?

Bonjour - what purpose does the “le” in this exercise sentence have?

 Nous paraissons plus jeunes que nous le sommes.

We look younger than we are.
Merci beaucoup
Asked 1 month ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Karl,  " Le " in the sentence is a 'neuter pronoun',  replacing the adjective 'jeune'. This is covered in the lesson linked below.

Without using the pronoun 'le' the sentence would be 

" Nous paraissons plus jeunes que nous sommes jeunes ". 

Unlike in English, the adjective needs to be 'repeated', but can be replaced by the pronoun ' le ' instead.

 Using neuter pronoun le to replace adjectives (French Direct Object Pronouns)

Reason for “le” in this exercise sentence?

Bonjour - what purpose does the “le” in this exercise sentence have?

 Nous paraissons plus jeunes que nous le sommes.

We look younger than we are.
Merci beaucoup

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