Adverbial Pronouns - Exercises

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Exercise

Type in the correct adverbial pronoun.

  1. Je suis dans la cuisine. J’ suis.[I’m in the kitchen. I’m there.]|y represents sentence parts that begin with prepositions such as dans.
  2. Nous sommes allés en vacances à Rome. Nous sommes allés.[We went to Rome on holiday. We went there.]|y represents places that are introduced with à.
  3. J’achète trois pommes. J’ achète trois.[I’m buying three apples. I’m buying three of them.]|en represents a partitive function.
  4. Elle a parlé à ses parents de ses projets. Elle a parlé à ses parents.[She talked to her parents about her plans. She talked to her parents about them.]|en represents sentence parts that begin with de.
  5. Je vais souvent au restaurant de mon oncle. J’ vais souvent.[I often go to my uncle’s restaurant. I often go there.]|y represents places that are introduced with à. (au = à + le)

Exercise

Rewrite the sentence by replacing the underlined words with either y or en.

  1. Nous allons à Nancy en vélo.
    [We’re going to Nancy’s by bicycle.]|y represents places that are introduced with à.|For word order, see the triangle in the section called Sentence Structure/Declarative Sentences.
  2. Nous sommes partis de Paris ce matin.
    [We started out from Paris this morning.]|en represents places that are introduced with de.|For word order, see the triangle in the section called Sentence Structure/Declarative Sentences.
  3. Sur le chemin, une dame nous a offert des pommes.
    [Along the way, a woman gave us some apples.]|en is used for partitive functions.|For word order, see the triangle in the section called Sentence Structure/Declarative Sentences.
  4. Nous avons roulé sur les petites routes de campagne jusqu’au soir.
    [We drove on small country roads until the evening.]|en replaces sentence parts that begin with prepositions such as sur.|For word order, see the triangle in the section called Sentence Structure/Declarative Sentences.
  5. Demain, nous rentrerons à Paris en train.
    [Tomorrow we’ll return to Paris by train.]|y represents places that are introduced with à.|For word order, see the triangle in the section called Sentence Structure/Declarative Sentences.

Exercise

Rewrite the sentence by replacing the underlined words with y or en.

  1. Jacques est habitué à la vie citadine.
    [Jacques is accustomed to city life.]|y replaces sentence parts that are introduced with à.|For word order, see the triangle in the section called Sentence Structure/Declarative Sentences.
  2. Il aime beaucoup aller au cinéma après une journée de travail.
    [He likes to go to the cinema after a day of work.]|y stands for places that are introduced with à.|For word order, see the triangle in the section called Sentence Structure/Declarative Sentences.
  3. Il parle souvent de ses films préférés avec ses amis.
    [He often talks about his favourite films with his friends.]|en replaces sentence parts that begin with de.|For word order, see the triangle in the section called Sentence Structure/Declarative Sentences.
  4. Il aime beaucoup manger des crêpes avec sa copine.
    [He likes to eat crêpes with his girlfriend.]|en is used for partitive functions.|For word order, see the triangle in the section called Sentence Structure/Declarative Sentences.
  5. Le soir, il écrit toutes ses expériences dans son journal intime.
    [In the evening, he writes down all his experiences in his diary.]|y stands for places that are introduced with dans.|For word order, see the triangle in the section called Sentence Structure/Declarative Sentences.