French Grammar Guide for non-francophones

The Pronoun en

Questions about en

Q: Why is it J'en ai parlé and NOT J'ai parlé de cela?

There is a strong preference in French for pronouns that come before the verb.

Q: Why is it J'en ai besoin and NOT Je l'ai besoin?

Since the complete expression is avoir besoin de, you need to use the pronoun en.

Q: Why is it J'en ai vu trois and NOT J'en ai vus trois?

Never make agreement when using en before the verb.

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