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Il est important que l'on se connaisse mieux

VitN

VitN

This sentence gave me a break due to "que l'on" instead of just "q'on".  I do sense the answer as l'on is not just "us" but really "us two" (or however many people are present at the moment).  Yet at the same time, it does not sound good to say Il est important que les nous se connaission mieux ... or does it?

Vit Novak
MCK

MCK

I don't know the context of this phrase but the use of apparently random «l» (or sometimes «t») in French is said to be for pronunciation (and aesthetic listening) reasons.  So I strongly suspect that «que l'on» rather than «qu'on»  is an example and is just for pronunciation, even though in everyday spoken French the added letter may often be dropped! It is seen as more formal and usually the way it would be written in 'proper' form. The «l' » in this setting has no meaning, and cannot be replaced by les (and of course, not by la or le either).
Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Salut VitN et MCK !

MCK is on exactly the right track here. This l' in front of on goes back to the days when on was a noun. As MCK says, it is used for ease of pronunciation and for creating more elegant-sounding sentences, but it's likely that many speakers will simply leave it out in colloquial conversation. You'll often see it after small words that end in a vowel like ou and et; after que and lorsque; and at the beginning of sentences.

À la prochaine !

Liss

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