Placement of y in a sentence using futur proche

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Kwiziq community member

23 August 2017

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Placement of y in a sentence using futur proche

I thought there was a rule that "y" should come before the verb (including auxiliary verb). There seems to be an exception when using the futur proche? For example: Je vais y reflechir rather than J'y vais reflechir.

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French lesson "Y can replace à + thing / object / location (adverbial pronoun)"


Kwiziq community member

24 August 2017


Bonjour Andrew, With the lesson here, «y» is replacing a group of words, i.e. a clause, etc. that begins with «à». Here is the part of the lesson that explains this: Note that the pronoun y can also replace a group introduced by the preposition à + [thing(s)]/[object(s)]/[location(s)] (but not a person), particularly with verbs that require à. In such cases, you cannot replace the noun alone with a pronoun, you must replace the whole à + [noun] group with y. You are correct that y precedes the verb and it does in your sentence, it precedes the verb reflechir meaning the locuteur is going to reflect on something and that something is a phrase or group of words that begins with à. J'espère que cela vous aiderait. Bonne chance et bonne continuation.


Kwiziq language super star

25 October 2018


Hi Andrew,

In the case of two verbs following each other (as in this case of 'futur proche' using aller + verb), the pronoun 'y' goes in between the verbs.


Je vais y aller = I am going to go there

Elle rêve d'y aller = She dreams of going there

Tu vas y penser You're going to think about it 

Je demande à y aller le plus vite possible = I am asking to go there as soon as possible

Hope this helps!

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