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"He goes, I go."

February 22, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/FuzzyBear

Why is there a 'y'? There is also a 'y' in "Il y a", which I believe means "there is." Thank you in advance for anyone who explains.

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

In French, you have to give a hint on your destination with verb "aller". "Y" is a convenient pronoun meaning "there". There is no context here but if the beginning of the discussion was about going to a specific place, "y" would replace that place without repeating it:

  • tu doist aller à la poste avant qu'elle ferme (you must go to the post office before it is closed)
  • oui, j'y vais = oui, je vais à la poste (yes I go -to the post office)
February 22, 2013
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