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French Story Question

When I was doing a French story, I came along the sentence "Nous n'en avons plus..."

I understand that this sentence means "We don't have any left," but I was wondering about the actual meaning of each word.

Specifically, what does the n' before the "en" do/mean?

Merci d'avance! -Pickletoepi

December 29, 2017



That is a short negation form (ne). We have to use n' because next word begins with vowel.


This sentence could be translated "we don't have anymore (of it)" or "we have no more (of it)" ne...plus (or n'....plus where ne precedes a vowel or h muet) is used to make negative sentences with "more" or "anymore".

The French use en in many instances but here it is used to replace an already mentioned noun modified by a notion of quantity (the "of it" mentioned above).


en is used to replace an indirect object which is used with de.

Two examples:

Je donne de l'argent --> J'en donne

Il est fier de son livre --> Il en est fier.

In your case, the full sentence should be: Nous n'avons pas plus de quelque chose.


I think you mean Nous n'avons plus de quelque chose. Non ?

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