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IL Y A

Does "Il y a" mean "ago"? In flashcards its translation is "ago". Doesn't it mean "there is".

January 7, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/relox84

"Il y a" can mean both "there is/are" and "ago" depending on the context: it usually means "ago" when it is directly followed by a time period, and otherwize means "there is".

"Il y a une voiture ici" -> There is a car here.

"ça c'est passé il y a deux ans" -> It happened two years ago.

January 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex.shakh

Thanks:)

January 7, 2017

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

"il y a" can mean "there is" or "there are".

  • il y a 6 enfants ici. - there are 6 children here.

it can also mean "ago".

  • j'ai fait ça il y a 3 semaines. - i made that 3 weeks ago
January 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex.shakh

Thanks:)

January 7, 2017

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

Yes, it does. It means both. I don't know why

January 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex.shakh

Thanks:)

January 7, 2017

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

Np! Sorry I couldn't give you a full answer

January 7, 2017

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

Hi,In my opinion it's Depend on a sentence but most of time it's "there is " . "il n'y a pas" is negative one

January 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alex.shakh

Thanks:)

January 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaxRamsey1

'Il y a' can mean either:

IL Y A un parc où on peut se relaxer = there is a park where one can relax.

OR

Je suis allé IL Y A six ans = I went six years ago.

'Il y a' meaning there is/are, can be used an all tenses, whereas 'il y a' meaning ago can really only be used in the past tenses.

Hope that helps you

January 8, 2017
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