French Grammar Guide for non-francophones

The Pronoun y

Questions about the pronoun y

Q: Why is it j'y vais and NOT je vais là?

As with other pronouns, it is recommended that you indicate location by using y in front of the verb.

Q: Why is it j'y pense and NOT je pense à cela?

Use y before the verb rather than another pronominal after it.

Q: Why is it j'y crois and NOT je y crois?

Since y is pronounced as a vowel, the pronoun je becomes j'y.

Q: Why is it il y a des gens and NOT il y ont des gens?

The expression il y a never changes, even when the following noun is plural.

 
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