Whay say "Il l'a fait exprès", not "Il en a fair exprès"?

DeborahB2Kwiziq community member

Whay say "Il l'a fait exprès", not "Il en a fair exprès"?

Asked 6 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Deborah,

In fact you will hear both 'il l'a fait exprès' and 'il en a fait exprès' in French meaning  the same thing,

He did it/this on purpose.

The more polite form is to use the definite article:

Il fait toujours l'imbécile ... Il le fait  exprès . (He always plays the fool, he does it /this on purpose)

You can use the 'en'  in spoken French here is an example :

If you are asking to be excused for something you have just done inadvertently, you can say- 

"Pardon, j'en ai pas fait exprès "


 "Pardon, je ne l'ai pas fait exprès" 

is better French for something you didn't do on purpose....

Not sure if this helps but hope it does!


DeborahB2Kwiziq community member

Sorry that should have been.

Why say "Il l'a fait exprès", not "Il en a fait exprès"?

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Why would you use "en" in this sentence. The pronoun "en" usually replaces a phrase introduced by "de". I don't see anything that could be replaced by "en".

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Chris - it's "Faire exprès de" + infinitive = To (do something) on purpose Deborah - this is an interesting question. 
I think the answer might be that although de + noun can always be replaced by en, de + clause can only be replaced by en in certain cases. It can only be done when there is an equivalent construction with a noun.
For example: "j'ai besoin de boire quelque chose" can be expressed as "j'en ai besoin" because you can also say "j'ai besoin de quelque chose".
But you cannot say "il a fait exprès de quelque chose".
Maybe Aurélie or Cécile can explain this better. It might be useful to have a lesson on this.

Whay say "Il l'a fait exprès", not "Il en a fair exprès"?

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