Can someone please help me with this bit of French?

I am wondering why there is an 'l'' (determiner) before the 'on' in the following sentence:

'il est reconnu que l'on peut avoir une bonne relation sans mariage'

Could someone please explain to me? Thanks a lot :)

February 3, 2018


This is a meaningless word which is sometimes added in formal writing to the pronoun on after some words that end in vowel sounds. It doesn't change the meaning of the sentence: qu'on = que l'on, où on = où l'on, si on = si l'on...

February 3, 2018

Thank you for your help. Would this be anything to do with pronunciation? :)

February 3, 2018

Yes it is because of pronunciation qu'on doesn't really sound good in some sentences and que l'on is more formal.

February 3, 2018

Interesting -- I would have used "qu'on" and not thought about the pronunciation issue. Have a lingot

February 8, 2018
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