La demolition de la Bastille,ce symbole de la barbarie,n'en est pas..... La demolition de la Bastille'ce symbole de la barbarie,n'en est pas moins decidee et commencee sur-le-champ. I don't understand much of the structure of last sentence. 1.What is the effect of "en" in last sentence? 2.How to understand "n'en est pas moins"? Thanks.
Jul 9, 2015 2:57 PM
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"n'en est pas moins" is a construction which means something is surprising if we refer to what we know of the context. "Il sait que fumer est mauvais pour lui, il n'en continue pas moins à acheter des cigarettes." "He knows smoking is bad for him, yet he keeps on buying cigarettes." So it is (more or less) an equivalent to "yet", I think. "en" refers to the context of the sentence, it links to the reasons which explain why this decision (destroy the Bastille) is surprising.
July 10, 2015
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