Why va-t'en and not vas-t'en ?

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Sagar

Kwiziq community member

31 January 2019

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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"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

31 January 2019

31/01/19

Hi Sagar, 

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)

Allez vous-en! 

Allons nous-en! 

Chris

Kwiziq community member

31 January 2019

31/01/19

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.

Alan

Kwiziq community member

31 January 2019

31/01/19

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)

Alan

Kwiziq community member

31 January 2019

31/01/19

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.)

Sagar

Kwiziq community member

31 January 2019

31/01/19

Ah, je vous comprends maintenant.

Merci !

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