"Bien que l'on ne s'entende pas"

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Michelle

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11 January 2019

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"Bien que l'on ne s'entende pas"

Is there a lesson that explains this use of l/le? I see it a lot, but I don't fully understand when it is needed and when it isn't needed. 

This question relates to:
French lesson "Although = bien que + Le Subjonctif or même si + L'Indicatif"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 January 2019

11/01/19

In this case the "le" is purely phonetic. It is not a personal pronoun.

Tom

Kwiziq community member

11 January 2019

11/01/19

Hi Michelle,

L'on is an optional form of on and is used mainly in the literary domain after words ending in a vowel, notably single sylable words such as:  qui, que, ou, où, si, et, to aid euphony . It is never used after the word dont nor is it used before a word starting with 'l' to avoid the alliterative sound of two 'l's'

        si on loge chez moi... rather than  si l'on loge chez moi...

        où on l'avait vu rather than où l'on l'avait vu

In speech l'on is often used to avoid the sound of the vulgar homonym con in such phrases as:

Les toiles qu'on peut admirer au musée  which may be rendered as  Les toiles que l'on peut admirer au musée

Hope this helps,

Tom

 

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