Why use l' and not en?

OlaedoB1Kwiziq community member

Why use l' and not en?

If the expression is "faire exprès DE", why is the contraction "ne l'ont pas and not n'en ont pas'? 

Asked 1 month ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

It is faire exprés de + infinitive. It isn't a noun that's following, which may be substituted by "en", it is an action, which is substituted by "le" (it).

CélineKwiziq team member

Bonjour Olaedo,

To illustrate Chris's answer:

Il a fait exprès de casser le bol = he broke the bowl on purpose

-> Il l'a fait exprès = he did it on purpose (il fait exprès de quoide casser le bol -> verb)

Il a parlé de ton voyage = he spoke about your trip 

-> il en a parléhe spoke about it (il a parlé de quoide ton voyage -> noun)

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

Why use l' and not en?

If the expression is "faire exprès DE", why is the contraction "ne l'ont pas and not n'en ont pas'? 

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