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"It is getting late, I have to go."

Translation:Il se fait tard, je dois y aller.

February 15, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maverickpl

What is the purpose of "y" in this sentence?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

In French, you can't say "go" without giving at least a hint of "where".

"Y"stands for "là" or "là-bas", either because the place was mentioned before or just to mean you are getting somewhere.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jjoslyn3

Does it work that way for "to go" only? Or do other verbs have the same rule?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BroderickTurner

I used 'quitter' as the verb to leave. Could this be accepted?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doubleschnell

I don't understand the use of se here - why is this reflexive?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

That is a colloquial expression where the reflexive has the role of a near-continuous meaning:

il se fait tard = it is becoming late (it is being late)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/petic
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Although this expression has not been introduced yet, I gave the translation "je dois m'en aller" instead of "je dois y aller" and it was accepted. Thinking about it, my version is more like "I have to leave", but anyway.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maeveblake

why is it "il est tard" which I thought meant "it IS late" when they ask for a translation of "it is getting late" Thanks!

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