Click here for a Daily Dose of Positivity »

En with quantities = Of them (adverbial pronoun)

Look at these uses of en:

J'ai quatre chiens. - J'en ai quatre.I've got four dogs. - I've got four of them.

Il a regardé deux films. - Il en a regardé deux.He watched two films.  - He watched two of them

Laure apporte cent roses. - Laure en apporte cent.Laure is bringing a hundred roses. - Laure is bringing a hundred of them.

Vous voulez une boîte de chocolats ? - Oui, je vais en prendre une.Do you want a box of chocolates? - Yes, I'm going to take one.

En as a pronoun can replace a noun when given a quantity of it = I bought twenty of them / I have three of them...

Note the order is as such:  

Simple tense : en + [verb] + [number]
Close Future :  aller + en + [infinitive] + [number]
Compound tense : en + [auxiliary] + [past participle] + [number]


This also applies to un / une (one):

Tu achètes un pantalon ? - Oui, j'en achète un.Are you buying (a pair of) trousers? -Yes, I'm buying one.

Tu as des sœurs ? - Oui, j'en ai une.Do you have sisters? - Yes, I have one.

as well as un autre / une autre (another one)

Tu as aimé ta glace ? - Oui, j'en veux une autre !Did you enjoy your ice cream? - Yes, I want another one!

Mon stylo s'est cassé alors j'en ai acheté un autre.My pen broke so I bought another one.

 

See also En can replace de + phrase (adverbial pronoun)

and Replacing nouns with le, la, l', les = it, him, her, them (direct object pronouns) 

Want to make sure your French sounds confident? We’ll map your knowledge and give you free lessons to focus on your gaps and mistakes. Start your Braimap today »

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Il a regardé deux films. - Il en a regardé deux.He watched two films.  - He watched two of them
Vous voulez une boîte de chocolats ? - Oui, je vais en prendre une.Do you want a box of chocolates? - Yes, I'm going to take one.
Laure apporte cent roses. - Laure en apporte cent.Laure is bringing a hundred roses. - Laure is bringing a hundred of them.
Mon stylo s'est cassé alors j'en ai acheté un autre.My pen broke so I bought another one.
Tu as des sœurs ? - Oui, j'en ai une.Do you have sisters? - Yes, I have one.
Tu as aimé ta glace ? - Oui, j'en veux une autre !Did you enjoy your ice cream? - Yes, I want another one!
Tu achètes un pantalon ? - Oui, j'en achète un.Are you buying (a pair of) trousers? -Yes, I'm buying one.
J'ai quatre chiens. - J'en ai quatre.I've got four dogs. - I've got four of them.
How has your day been?