Les mamans calmes

To celebrate Mother's Day in France, here's a sketch by the famous French stand-up comedian Florence Foresti, in which she explores the difficulties of motherhood, especially the irritating case of "perfect moms." After watching the video, scroll down for the transcript in our bilingual reader, where you can click any French phrase for the English translation and related grammar lessons.

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TomC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Function of 'en'

In the question 'Tu en connais des mamans calmes ?' what is the function of 'en' ?

Asked 10 months ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Tom,

Maman is a countable noun and there is more than one of them thus les mamans.

Then we can express "of" these, thus de+les = des.

Then we want to express "some" of these "en"  therefore we can write "Tu en connais des mamans calmes" which would mean "You know mothers (of which) some are calm"

How about that as an explanation?

Does this help?

Jim

 

TomC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I see the logic there. Maybe adding a comma would help further: 'Tu en connais, des mamans calmes?' (Do you know any, calm mums?)

Function of 'en'

In the question 'Tu en connais des mamans calmes ?' what is the function of 'en' ?

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