mais j'y jouais tout le temps lorsque j'étais adolescente

BrianC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

mais j'y jouais tout le temps lorsque j'étais adolescente

Hi, for “but I used to play it all the time when I was a teenager” we are given the answer “mais j'y jouais tout le temps lorsque j'étais adolescente”. 


I had put “mais je le jouais…”. What’s a good way to interpret why it should be “y” and not “le”?


Thanks, Brian

Asked 2 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

The usage is: jouer à qqc (and NOT jouer qqc). "Jouer" takes an indirect object introduced by à, and hence replaced by "y".

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Brian,

I read this as "but I used to play THERE (or at it, jouer à) all the time when I was teenage."

Do you not agree?

Jim

mais j'y jouais tout le temps lorsque j'étais adolescente

Hi, for “but I used to play it all the time when I was a teenager” we are given the answer “mais j'y jouais tout le temps lorsque j'étais adolescente”. 


I had put “mais je le jouais…”. What’s a good way to interpret why it should be “y” and not “le”?


Thanks, Brian

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