use of en

Ann

Kwiziq community member

13 June 2017

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use of en

In the following: J'ai encore des cadeaux à acheté. Since it's des cadeaux why is it transformed to Marie les a déjà tous achetés rather than Marie en a déjà achetés?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 June 2017

14/06/17

Bonjour Ann ! In "Marie already bought them all.", we're talking about the specific presents she's bought, hence the "definite" direct object pronoun "les". "Marie en a déjà acheté." means "Marie already bought *some*." Moreover, in that case, you would also lose "all/tous" as you can't say "some all". But here she bought "all of them" (i.e. the ones she meant to buy). I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

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