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The Pronoun "Y"

I know "y" is used to indicate the forfeiture of a place that's preceded by "a, aux, en, etc.," but what is the point of doing it? I feel like saying "J'y vais" instead of saying "Je vais a Paris" is the equivalent of saying "I go there" instead of saying "I go to paris," which is just making it vague. Can we only substitute a place for the pronoun "y" if it is already known (If the listener knows where "there" is)? How do you structure the sentence if you use "y?"

October 27, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/-.Edwin.-

It is my understanding that "Y" substitutes the place when it has already been previously mentioned. It would be for avoiding redundancy. It is quiet frequent in spoken French.

October 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nattheweirdo

It avoids repetition of the place name. It can also be used to mean simply 'let's go' (on y va), 'go on' (vas-y) and 'i'm off/leaving' (j'y vais). There is also another use/meaning of the word 'y', but as a beginner I wouldn't worry yourself with that as it is more complicated grammar

October 30, 2017
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