Et j’en passe

Et j'en passe
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French Expression

Meaningand so on, and more, I could go on (but won’t)
Literallyand I pass over some
Registernormal
Pronunciation [ay zha(n) pahs]
IPA  [e ʒã pas]

Usage notes: Et j’en passe is a useful French expression for making a long story short, telling the person you’re talking to that you’re sparing them the details. Indeed, et j’en passe is a shortened version of et je passe sur les dĂ©tails; the adverbial pronoun en replaces sur les dĂ©tails.

Par exemple…

Il m’a dit d’acheter des poivrons, des carottes, des citrons et j’en passe. He told me to buy peppers, carrots, lemons, and so on.
J’ai tant de boulot ce matin : une tĂ©lĂ©confĂ©rence, deux rapports Ă  rĂ©diger, une rĂ©union avec le patron et j’en passe. I have so much work today: a conference call, two reports to write, a meeting with the boss, and more.

Variations

  • Je te / vous passe les dĂ©tails – I’m sparing you the details
  • Je te / vous passerai les dĂ©tails – I’ll spare you the details
  • J’en passe et des meilleurs – "I spare [you] some [details] and better ones"

Somewhat synonymous

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