https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty

Question about "en"

Elle m'informe de ta nouvelle affectation, et j'en suis ravis - She has told me about your new assignment and I am delighted (to hear about it, about this, and this delights me?). What would the translation of en be here in this example. I feel like I will be fluent when I can get a handle on these pronouns and prepositions. Thank you in advance.

December 8, 2017

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

J'en suis ravi (si je suis un garçon)

J'en suis ravie (quand je suis une fille)

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

Je suis d'accord avec Luscinda. I would think She informed me about your new post, and I am delighted (about it). to be the correct translation.

It is my understanding that the pronoun en replaces de + noun or de + adverbial phrase. In this case, to save you having to repeat je suis ravi de nouvelle affectection you can simply say j'en suis ravi (or, if said by a female, j'en suis ravie as Pierre poined out).

Think of it this way in English: She tells me he has a new post, and I am delighted that he has a new post. This is very awkward and repetitive. However, she tells me he has a new post and I am delighted - once again, in English, about it is implied. The only difference is that the French have a pronoun for it.

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty

...and I am delighted (about it) makes sense. I know in French you have to use the y and en where we, in English, let it go unsaid. I am trying now to work on pronouns, especially y and en, and prepositions again. And idioms, always idioms. Thanks Luscinda and ripcurlgirl.

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda

I don't think you can translate it in isolation from the sentence, can you? Wouldn't you go for something like I'm delighted about it (or I take delight in it but that doesn't seem to fit the particular sentence so well, even if it works for the structure)?

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Vorakas

"En" means "(about) it" or "this" here.

September 26, 2018
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