"Il y a du soleil et du vent."

Translation:It is sunny and windy.

March 28, 2018



Why "il y a" instead of "c'est"?

March 31, 2018

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"C'est" is never used when talking about the weather. There are several possible expressions, all impersonal: il pleut, il neige, il y a du vent, il y a du brouillard, the temps est nuageux, etc. https://www.thoughtco.com/french-weather-vocabulary-le-temps-1371465

May 8, 2018


"Il y a" translates to 'there is' (literally "it has there") while "c'est" means 'it/this/that is'. So the sentence literally means "There is sun and wind".

April 2, 2018


i put that and i got it right

August 3, 2018


when talking about the weather in French there are a variety of constructs you can use. Typically the following guidelines apply:

il fait + non weather specific adjective (beau, mauvais, chaud, froid, humide, frais, sec, doux, etc.)

le temps est + weather specific adjective (nuageux, pluvieux, brumeux, etc.)

il y a + partitive article + noun (brouillard, vent, soleil, nuages, averses, etc.)

il + verb (pleurer, neiger, geler, etc)


Il fait meilleur. - The weather's better.
Il fait beau - It’s nice weather
Il fait chaud - it’s hot.
Il pleut - it’s raining.

il va neiger demain - It will snow tomorrow.
Il y a de l’humidité - it’s humid

Il y a de la grêle - there’s hail.

Il y a des éclairs - it’s lightning

Le temps est nuageux - it’s cloudy.
le temps est brumeux - it is misty

August 29, 2018



November 23, 2018


Can this also be "Il fait du soleil et du vent"?

April 14, 2018


Du soleil et du vent are nouns. Use "íl y a" with nouns. Please see Nicholas Ahsley's very well explained commment above.

October 2, 2018


"The weather is sunny and windy" was rejected?! Reported 9 Apr 18.

April 9, 2018


Likewise 13 Apr 18

April 13, 2018

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    the last time I translated this as, "It is sunny and windy," I was marked WRONG and told to write, "The weather is sunny and windy." Please be consistent, or give guidelines as to why not. It is difficult enough to learn these words and phrasings without having to cope with inconsistencies at this stage of learning.

    April 23, 2018


    Could it be translated to there is wind and sun?

    April 2, 2018


    Technically yes

    May 2, 2018

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    Just put it in natural English rather than translating "il y a" directly. English speakers do not say "there is sun", but "it's sunny".

    May 8, 2018


    To explore, I tried 'It is sunny and breezy.' which was marked wrong. What are the gradations of wind conditions in French?

    June 27, 2018


    For this one it says 'windy' is 'vent', but for the previous question where I gave 'vent', DL said "windy" was "venteux" (or venteuse).

    So, how am I to know which they want?

    April 11, 2018


    It depends on what you're describing as windy. "Vent" is male singular, "Vente" is female singular, "Venteux" is male plural, and "venteuse" is female plural. Usually when talking about the weather it's male singular, because the weather is "il".

    April 25, 2018


    Vent is wind - a noun. Venteux is windy - an adjective. Use "'Il y a with nouns - Il y a du vent. With a weather specific adjective - windy use ''le temp est'' - Le temp est venteux

    October 2, 2018


    this one is tricky lol

    May 8, 2018


    Sorry, but "il y a du soleil" translates literally as "there is sun" and "il y a du vent" could be "there is wind" but would more normally be put "it is windy". So why mark my answer wrong?

    May 15, 2018


    7UZ93X what it is ?

    June 15, 2018


    I went for breezy, too, simply because sunny days are often breezy. Windy days are perhaps more likely to be cloudy,- wind moves clouds around! Post op shuffle to across room dictionary found une brise (a breeze) and venteux (breezy), and aéré. The last one back translates as airy, unsurprisingly!

    July 21, 2018


    "It's sunny & windy" is absolutely correct. Reported.

    July 27, 2018


    Why does "du vent" sound like "du vin"

    August 11, 2018


    i said it correct and it said i was incorrect

    January 14, 2019


    Please can you have a slow down feature

    January 24, 2019
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