She gives me four every week

Andrew

Kwiziq community member

20 December 2016

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She gives me four every week

Why cant "She gives me four every week" be translated as Elle ME donne quatre toutes les semaines. Why does it have to be: Elle M'EN donne quatre toutes les semaines.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Indirect object + en (double pronouns)"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

20 December 2016

20/12/16

Bonjour Andrew ! Because here when you say "She gives me four" in English, you imply "four (of what)", and in French you need to repeat in some capacity the thing that you have four of, which is done with the pronoun "en". Have a look at our related lesson: https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/the-adverbial-pronoun-en-means-of-them-with-quantities I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Andrew

Kwiziq community member

20 December 2016

20/12/16

Wow thanks for your quick response and link to more of your excellent notes (they are really helping me a lot!! - I've spent 2 years on duolingo and only now are things starting to fall into place)

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

20 December 2016

20/12/16

I'm very happy that Kwiziq is helping you improve ! Joyeuses Fêtes à vous !

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