1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email

Et j'en passe

French expressions analyzed and explained

By

Expression: ... et j'en passe

Pronunciation: [ay zha(n) pahs]

Meaning: and that's not all, and all sorts of things, and so on

Literal translation: and I pass over some

Register: normal

Notes: The French expression et j'en passe is a sort of verbal shorthand, a way of letting listeners know that you are skipping over boring or excessive details. The adverbial pronoun en replaces the implied word choses - the things you're skipping over.

Example
   Ce que Michel est raseur ! Il n'a pas arrêté de parler de son divorce, déménagement, licenciement et j'en passe !
   Michel is such a bore! He droned on about his divorce, move, firing, and on and on!

Variation
   J'en passe et des meilleures - literally, "I pass over some and better ones." Note that meilleures is feminine plural to agree with choses.


Synonyms 
Post your comments about the French expression et j'en passe on my French blog - just hit "comments" at the bottom of the post.


More
  1. About.com
  2. Education
  3. French Language
  4. French Vocabulary
  5. French Expressions
  6. Expression of the Week
  7. J'en passe - French Expression

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.