Whats the difference between Il y a, est, C'est, Il fait

I'm like 75% sure you must use fait when using weather but now il y a is also used for weather so when must i use each of these.

January 13, 2019


Il fait + adjective
Il fait froid It is cold
Il fait beau It is nice

Il y a + noun
Il y a du vent It is windy
(vent is a noun, but in English we use the adjective windy)

Il + verb
Il pleut It is raining

January 13, 2019

Here is a link to the Tips & Notes for weather, in case your French course does not have TIps & Notes:

If you don't know about Tips & Notes, when you click into a skill set (round circle) if you see a light bulb icon, click it! The Tips & Notes for French (from English) are exceptional.

January 13, 2019

Excellent explanation! Much better than what I could have done.

January 13, 2019

Thank you so much, this is incredibly helpful

June 10, 2019

Il y a : There is est: is C'est: It is/ This is Idk about Il fait

January 14, 2019

"Il y a" means "there are" or "there is". For weather, you would use "il y a" to say "there are clouds" (i.e. "it is cloudy") or "there is wind" (i.e. "it is windy"). For most other weather-related phrases you would use "il fait".

January 13, 2019
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