Usage of en I don't understand

Michelle

Kwiziq community member

19 December 2018

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Usage of en I don't understand

This is a line from an old song--> "Qu'il y'en a un sur deux qui n'est jamais heureux."

What does en do/mean here? 

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using "en" with affirmative commands (L'Impératif)"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 December 2018

19/12/18

Qu'il y en a un sur deux qui n'est jamais  heureux. -- That there is one in two who is never happy.

When you want to express that there is a certain number of something, you use il y en a...

Je dois acheter du lait? -- Non, il y en a encore un litre.
Combien de plats sont sur la table? -- Il y en a quatre.

Michelle

Kwiziq community member

21 December 2018

21/12/18

Thank you so much, Chris! I understood everything about this sentence but the usage of en. Now it all makes perfect sense.  

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