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31 January 2019
Why va-t'en and not vas-t'en ?
Isn't the tu-form of aller "vas"?
This question relates to:French lesson "S'en aller = To leave"
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I love the verb ‘s’en aller’ as do most French people and it is commonly used in every day speech for ‘to leave’.
It is however, tricky to use as in your question, in the imperative mood:
It is indeed -
Va t’en ! (no s)
It kind of follows the rule that verbs ending in -er lose the "s" in the second person singular imperative. Just that the verb form looks different.
But it doesn't follow the rule that verbs ending in -er recover the "s" in the tu form imperative before "en".
Maybe this exception should be added here:
Using "en" with affirmative commands (L'Impératif)
On second thoughts, forget that. It's different because the "t" comes between "va" and "en", and it's not just a phonetic "t". (Pity I can't delete that other reply.)
Ah, je vous comprends maintenant.
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