Nous voulons vraiment savoir ce que vous en pensez.

I don't understand how en is used in this sentence. The sentence makes perfect sense without it: we really want to know what you think. But why do we actually need it there? What's its grammatical and semantic function in this case?

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    This use of en is exactly the same as the one in this answer by @jlliagre. Just replace en savoir by en penser.
    – None
    Oct 17, 2019 at 18:37
  • How would you rephrase that sentence without the en as Jlliagre did in his answer?
    – user69786
    Oct 17, 2019 at 18:49
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    "Nous voulons vraiment savoir ce que vous pensez de ça."
    – Kilarn123
    Oct 17, 2019 at 18:52
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    Your traduction is not quite right. To keep the "en", you'd have to translate to : We really want to know what you think of it. Oct 17, 2019 at 23:32
  • @RomainValeri translation, we say in English. penser de ceci, penser de cela. But I urge you to learn how to use the en, as it is very frequent in French with verbs followed by de.
    – Lambie
    Oct 18, 2019 at 16:38

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En is a personal pronoun here, it may refer to a thing or things. (Genitive case, partitive use, governed by the preposition de) :

Qu'est-ce que vous pensez de cette idée ?→ Qu'est-ce que vous en pensez ?

Nous voulons vraiment savoir ce que vous en pensez.→ We really want to know what you are thinking (about it).

Some other pertinent examples are in order now:

A-t-il compris l'importance de son entretien ? Bien sûr, Il en a compris l'importance.

La professeure a continué la lecture de l'histoire.→ La professeure en a continué la lecture.

Voulez-vous du café ? J'ai très envie d'en prendre.

Nous n'avons plus de billets aujourd'hui. Est-ce il y en aura demain ?

Avez-vous du fromage. Je regrette mais j'en ai pas.

Tu as trouvé beaucoup de fautes ? J'en ai trouvé huit.

Est-ce qu'il y a d'autres clientes ? Il n'y en a pas d'autres.

Il en a pris une poignée→He took a handful (of it).

Je n'en aurais plus besoin d'aujourd'hui.

Elle s'en souvient→She remembered it.

En as personal pronoun can mean also "from there".

Il en a bougé pas. → He didn't move from there.

Il y a va à huit heures, et il en revient vers midi.→ He goes there at eight o'clock and comes back (from there) around midday.

  • There is no genitive case in English. English is not declined, unlike Greek or Latin.
    – Lambie
    Oct 18, 2019 at 16:36
  • A few corrections: Elle s'en souvient -> She remembers it ; Il (n') en a pas bougé ; Il y va à huit heures
    – jperl
    Oct 20, 2019 at 15:11

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