"Pourquoi on en parle ?"

Translation:Why do we talk about it?

February 5, 2013



what is "EN"? I don't understand at all...

April 26, 2013


"en" is a pronoun meaning "de-quelque chose" and is used to replace something that was previously mentioned.

Verb "parler" is constructed with preposition "de" : "parler de" = talk about

In a conversation: - ton chien est stupide (your dog is stupid) - je le sais, alors pourquoi on en parle ? (I know that, so why are we talking about it?)

April 26, 2013


Well , but I have another question . how to explain "Je m'en vais?" I met this sentence before and was told that it means 'I leave" So does "en"here also mean de+quelque choes? How to explain the whole sentence ?Je me vais de quelque chose?

April 26, 2013


In French, the verb "aller" does not stand alone. You can't say : "je vais" (I go), you have to give a hint of 'where to'. So, "en" in this case means "à-quelque part" (to somewhere).

April 26, 2013


But you said that "en"means de quelque choes...so does it also mean a quelque part? But how to explain "m' " here? Why there is a "m' "? couldn't it be just "J'en vais"?

April 26, 2013


"en" means indeed "de quelque chose" with verb "parler". It can mean "à quelque part" with verb "aller".

The full construction of "aller" when you want to mean "leave" is reflexive:

  • je m'en vais, tu t'en vas, il/elle/on s'en va, nous nous en allons, vous vous en allez (polite singular and plural), ils/elles s'en vont.
April 26, 2013


sorry, didn't say that clearly, i mean [ je y vais ]. is it correct?

June 16, 2017


In French, "y" is a vowel (sound: ee).

Therefore "je" has to be elided: j'y vais.

June 16, 2017


dont we use "y" in this case?

June 14, 2017


"y" would mean "there", a place.

"parler de" = to talk about

"en" stands for "de + something mentioned before".

June 15, 2017


To go off topic, can 'je le sais' also mean i know him?

February 12, 2014


No, when it comes to people or places : je le connais

February 12, 2014


'of it or about it'

March 6, 2014


I'm kind of aggravated with the voice on this one. The pronunciation led me to write "Pourquoi un on parle?" which I knew didn't make any sense, but that's what it sounded like. If "on" had sounded like "on" and "en" had sounded like "en", I might have gotten this one right! Thanks for giving us a place to vent, DuoLingo. :)

July 23, 2013


This sentence is what makes it so much harder to listen to french for me. En and Un sound so similar to my ear to the extent that I was sure it was un even though the sentence didnt make much sense. (btw, I tried to write this paragraph in french but I had no idea how to translate the first sentence =( )

March 30, 2014


Yes, "un" (article) in front of a verb would make no sense.

That is why, before typing what you hear, you have to make an educated guess about what it would mean, in other words: just back translate it and see what you get to.

March 31, 2014


Another correct translation given is "Why does one speak of her?", would "Why does one speak of him?" also be acceptable?

February 5, 2013


Why or how is the we implied in the translation? Why wouldn't the sentence say parlons instead of parle?

August 2, 2013


"On" is a different pronoun that means "we"

This might help: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/ss/subjectpronouns_5.htm

August 5, 2013


"On" means we too, but it's conjugated in the same way as "il" and "elle".

November 25, 2013


Is there any way of knowing - other than context - whether to translate 'en' here as 'it','him','her' etc.etc.?

February 5, 2013


No other way than context, I'm afraid.

February 5, 2013


why would this not be pourquoi nous en parlons?

March 4, 2014


That should also be accepted.

April 13, 2014


Could this also be On en parle pourqoui ?

April 13, 2014


If on means we, why use parle and not parlons?

April 15, 2014



On is a third person singular form. Therefore the verb takes a third person singular form.

Il, Elle, On = third person singular. On refers to an undefined group. It is comparable to the formal use of one/we in English.

EG: One wants to be sure about the grammar. Note that the third person singular is used. In this example one is singular but means everyone. On is also singular and also means everyone.

The use of one as we is formal and uncommon in English. The use of on as we in French is informal and very common.

April 16, 2014


Good answer. Thanks.

February 27, 2019


Is alors the same as donc ?

July 12, 2015


Je l'ai traduit, "Why is that spoken of?" Ce n'est pas un bon traduction? Sans le contexte...

January 19, 2016


Shouldn't "why are we talking" be accepted? It means the same thing.

December 28, 2018


I'd like to know this too

January 26, 2019


In English, we would generally say, "Why talk about it?" That answer wasn't accepted.

August 5, 2013


try putting that in the problem report

November 18, 2013


Oh I did. But thanks. :)

January 2, 2014


Accepted November 2018

November 20, 2018


Why are we speaking? Is not correct? I am so slow at getting this...

March 31, 2018


'parler' means to talk or to speak. why is 'speak' wrong?'

June 5, 2018


Can "en" also refer to a plural? as in, "why are we speaking of them?"

September 30, 2018


Yes, this is correct and accepted now, together with "these/those".

October 1, 2018


Where can I find type what you hear exercises? I've tried Duo on my Android tablet and phone, and on my pc. In 3 months of daily usage I've never had that kind of exercise, which I think would be very challenging but helpful.

October 4, 2018


well I am not sure but I guess you have to check your settings maybe you have the speaker turned off

January 9, 2019


I usually get this exercise in after finishing the first level (the one in which you get to know the new vocabulary)

January 9, 2019


So it is a fraction of a conersation and can not stand alone as nothing was previously mentioned in this sentence ?

January 3, 2019


There is never a context for any sentence on the course. But this is a full sentence which may not need further contextual detail.

January 3, 2019
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