Are these terms pronouns that can stand alone, or must they be followed by a noun?

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Rachel

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2018

4 replies

Are these terms pronouns that can stand alone, or must they be followed by a noun?

This relates to:
Quelques, plusieurs, de nombreux = A few, several, many (quantities) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

12 April 2018

12/04/18

Hi Rachel,

i can't think of a good example where they wouldn't be followed by a noun. Maybe something like this?

Combien d'amis avez-vous? -- J'en ai plusieurs. 

What did you have in mind?

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

15 April 2018

15/04/18

Hi Rachel,

These pronouns do go with nouns,

plusieurs amis, certaines personnes, quelques livres...

Even in the example given by Chris, the 'en' replaces the noun 'amis'.

Hope this helps!

Alan

Kwiziq community member

17 April 2018

17/04/18

What about:

Plusieurs croient que ...

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

17 April 2018

17/04/18

Hi Alan,

'Plusieurs' is probably the exception here... but the noun 'people' is implied here. 

Thank you for bringing it to our attention...

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