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Non-specific use of y

In a number of common constructions, y is used without a very specific meaning being attached to it:

  • Pensez-y!

Think about it!

  • Je n'y suis pour rien

It's nothing to do with me

  • J'y suis, j'y reste

Here I am and here I stay

  • II y a ...

There is ... there are ...

Consider broadening your understanding by checking out these related lessons: Possessive determiners, Omission of the article, Absolute use of the superlative & Indirect and Direct Transitive Verbs.

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