How and when to use the French pronoun “en”? In this episode, I’ll cover aspects that you may not be aware of. Also, I’ll explain where to position this French pronoun in a sentence and of course will give you many examples!
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
Il boit de l’eau = he’s drinking water
Il en boit = He’s drinking some
Pour faire des crêpes, il faut du beurre = To make crepes, you need butter
Pour faire des crêpes, il en faut = to make crepes, you need some
Je joue de la guitare = I’m playing the guitar
J’en joue = I’m playing it
Federer fait du tennis = Federer plays tennis
Federer en fait = Federer plays it
J’ai une fille = I have a daughter
J’en ai une = I have one
Mes voisins ont trois chiens = My neighbours have three dogs
Mes voisins en ont trois = My neighbours have three
Il a assez d’argent pour acheter ce cadeau = He’s got enough money to buy that gift
Il en a assez pour acheter ce cadeau = He’s got enough (of it)
Vous avez beaucoup de chance = You’re very lucky
Vous en avez beaucoup – you have a lot (of it)
Penser de = to think of
Qu’est-ce que tu as pensé de ce film ? = What did you think of that movie?
Qu’est-ce que tu en as pensé? = What did you think of it?
Je vais avoir besoin de temps! = I’m going to need time !
Je vais en avoir besoin! = I’m going to need it !
Qu’est-ce que tu as pensé de son nouveau mari ? = What did you think of her new husband?
Qu’est-ce que tu as pensé de lui ? = What did you think of him?
Je vais avoir besoin de ma soeur! = I’m going to need my sister !
Je vais avoir besoin d’elle! = I’m going to need her !
LINKS and RESOURCES
- FYW 096 – The French Pronoun “Y”
- FYW 088 – “Direct and Indirect Objects and Pronouns in French”
- FYW 079 “Pronouns (Part 1)” – How to Choose Between “je” and “moi”
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