"Y a-t-il du vent ?"
Translation:Is it windy?
It might be the case that there is a reasonable reasoning behind this rule; however, grammar is seldom logic, it is most of the time arbitrary rules invented by people who sometimes (not all of them and not at all times) believe to be the righteous defenders and owners of the language.
I think what Albert meant was why would y be placed before the inversion, while in the indicative, it is placed before the verb. Your link is about apostrophe and elision.
I assume the inversion a-t-il counts as a verb phrase, and therefore, y is placed before it because pronouns are always placed before the verb?
E.g. Tu en as besoin becomes En as-tu besoin?
"il y a" is an impersonal phrase meaning "there is" or "there are." In formal questions the "il y a" is inverted and the "il" is switched to the end. However, it is hard to pronounce "y-a-il" so French adds a "t" to better pronounce and understand it, thus becoming "y a-t-il...?" or "y-a-til...?" Translated into English this means "is there...?" or "are there...?"
Yes, I think so. I can find no reference to "C'est venteux". However the final link intimates that you can though I wouldn't phrase it that way.
Ripcurlgirl thank you for the links. before I knew about Duo I had paid for a French course on line... then I was introduced to Duo by one of my clients and I got hooked and addicted to Duo... and I am getting even more hooked since I found out about those terrific people like you I can ask and talk to. some moderators on this course are brilliant too
The only thing about duolingo os that they dont teach you words before they're in a sentance also they dont teach you past preasent and feture tenses and they dont teach you if a word is for a boy or girl. But no hate this is just my opinion also you would probobly be taking the language in school so your teavher would teach yo that. Besides that i love duolingo and try to use as much as possable
What I mean is how does one say, is there a wind outside, or is there a wind? Because it is common to ask is there wind, or is there a wind ? Windy, commonly means there is substantial wind blowing. There is a wind, means that there is mild, but noticeable wind blowing. There is a difference. Help me out here Americans.