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Je n'en reviens pas

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Expression: Je n'en reviens pas

Pronunciation: [zheu na(n) reu vyeh(n) pa]

Meaning: I can't believe it, I can't get over it

Literal translation: I'm not coming back from it

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Notes: The French expression je n'en reviens pas is an exclamation of surprise or disbelief, where en is standing it for whatever it is that you find so surprising:

   Denis a beaucoup maigri, je n'en reviens pas !
   Denis has lost a lot of weight, I can't get over it!

Je n'en reviens pas can also be followed by que and the subjunctive to introduce something that surprises you:

   Je n'en reviens pas qu'elle lise si vite.
   I'm amazed at / I can't get over the fact that she reads so quickly.

Lessons: Subjunctive | Adverbial pronoun en

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