"Je suis là" vs "J'y suis"?
Hey, I was wondering what the difference between these two are. I spoke to a French friend about it, but she said she just knows which one to use, intuitively. Can anyone explain when to use which? Thanks.
Difficult to explain in English but " y " refers to a place in that case. For example someone asks you (let say on the phone) : "Es-tu allé au supermarché ?" Then you can answer "J'y suis" in that case " y " refers to the supermarket, it means "je suis au supermarché"
And Je suis là simply means "I am there"
Informally, French people use 'là' when they mean 'ici'. So when you want to ask, 'Is your sister here?', you say: 'Est-ce que ta sœur est là ?' If you ask it the correct (formal) way ('Ta sœur est-elle ici ?'), people will look at you funny.
So 'Je suis là' actually means 'I am here'. If you want to say you are there, you can say 'J'y suis'.