"Quand est-ce que j'y arrive ?"

Translation:When do I get there?

January 17, 2013

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can anyone explain to me why j'y arrive, not j'arrive y ? and does y mean 'there' in general? Thanks!


Generally speaking, pronouns like "y" and "en" are placed before the verb.

"y" stands for "à something/somewhere", depending on context:

  • j'y vais = je vais là (I am going there)
  • j'y pense = je pense à ça (I am thinking about that)



Can we also say, "Je la pense" for saying "I think of that"?



"Je pense à cela/ça" or "j'y pense"

I think she is clever = je la pense intelligente.


Oui, je comprends maintenant. Merci de votre explanation.^^


I think the situational equivalent is "When will I get there?". The translation that is given is too literal. I wish we could override the translation if we really feel we were correct.


The "Report" button has a "my answer should be accepted" option, this at least helps people in the future!


I responded "when will I arrive" and was marked correct--which i think it sort of a compromise between your answer and "when do I get there" which is given as the default correct answer by duo.


Are these three questions correct?:

  • quand est-ce que j'y arrive?

  • j'y arrive quand?

  • quand y arrive-je?

  • nb1 is not quite correct according to the Académie Française, because there are 2 interrogative words at the beginning of the question. But people say it.
  • nb2 is standard
  • nb3 is formal, but never used. Note that it needs the addition of an acute accent to make it easier to pronounce: quand y arrivé-je ? This addition of an acute accent should apply with all verbs from the 1st group (infinitive in -er).

So 2 and 3 are the most correct.


Not fair. I translated it as 'When is it I arrive there?' which is fine, colloquially, to say.


Did the audio sound like the first word ended in a t? The lisasation sounded like it.


When do you use 'en' and when do you use 'y'?


That's a short question with a long answer. Here's a page that can help you start to figure it out: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/pron_adverbial.htm

"Y" often correlates to "there" in English and is used to replace a noun (not a person) and a preposition such as dans, à/au, or chez.

I'm going to the store. Do you want to go (there)? (the "there" is often only implied in English and can be omitted) Je vais au magasin. Est-ce que tu veux y aller? (y replaces "au magasin.")

"En" is like "some" or "any" or "one" in English and replaces a partative article and a noun or "de" plus an indefinite article and a noun.

I have some chocolate. Do you want some? J'ai du chocolat. Est-ce que tu en veux? (en replaces "du chocolat.")


Well done, Meg!


Excellent! Copied it into my Anki based personalized Duo program. Sent a few lingots your way.


I agree that this is a sentence that doesn't translate literally or easily in English. We would not say "When do I arrive there?" We would simply say, "When will I arrive?" or "When do I arrive?" or "When will I get there?"


Why can this not be translated as (literally): When is it I will arrive/be arriving?


Because literally it would be 'When is it that I arrive there ?'


"...arrivions-nous ?" = "...were we arriving?"


Not sure what you're asking there. Quand est-il que nous y arrivons ? (When is it that we arrive there) Or possibly Quand pouvons-nous y arriver ? (more literally when will we be able to arrive there). I'm assuming you're asking about the 'we' form.


I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking of that. :)


Why is the 'est-ce-que' neseccarry? Please someone help me!


"Est-ce que" is necessary here, specifically, because of phonetic issues.

The formal question should be "quand y arrivé-je ?" - note the acute accent added on the ending of "arrivé" (vs j'arrive), meant to ease pronunciation and avoid the conflict of 2 consonant sounds: [vʒ]

Even with the help of that "eh" sound at the end of the verb, people do not use that difficult inversion.

This case is very frequent, because it covers all verbs of the 1st group (infinitive ending in -er) in 1st person, indicative present.

So, the real options to translate "when do I get there?" are: "quand est-ce que j'y arrive ?" or "j'y arrive quand ?"

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    The grammar makes sense. It's easy to read, but I feel like in speech, that j'y would be VERY easily lost. For native French speakers, is it obvious when you hear is, or is it something that you subconsciously assume is there because your intuition tells you it should be?


    You have to hear it, because "quand est-ce qu'on arrive ?" (without 'y') is the most frequent question asked by French kids when travelling, as soon as they can speak.

    But, with verb "aller", you cannot avoid "y" from infant age on, because it is not optional and all sentences with this verb need a destination: "j'y vais", "on y va", etc...


    I am sure ' Quand-est-ce que j'arrive' is as acceptable as 'quand est-ce que j'y arrive' notwithstanding all the convoluted explanations that have been put forward


    You missed "there" in your translation.

    Using "y" is not easy, but you may not skip it when it is meant.


    Why no "When do i come there"?


    why is "when is it that I will arrive there?" not good enough for Duo?


    Because 'y' means there. Read the comments.


    Can soneone explain to me in which cases is the "t" in est pronounced?


    As I understand it you would pronounce the "t" any time the next word starts with a vowel sound.

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