pronoun y

StevenC1Kwiziq community member

pronoun y

Il faut que j'y aille is translated as "I must go" but shouldn't it be "I must go there" - or is the "there" implied?
Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Steven,

As Chris rightly says, the " y" in Il faut que j'y aille  is idiomatic. we don't really know what it refers to and a better English translation would be, I've  got to go .

Hard to explain it's just how it is .

 

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Yes, in fact, the pronoun "y" connotes "there". However, there is also an idiomatic meaning, like in "on y va" which is used just as "let's go" (without the "there"). So I would say the exact maning depends on context. The opinion of a native speaker would be greatly appreciated. -- Chris.

pronoun y

Il faut que j'y aille is translated as "I must go" but shouldn't it be "I must go there" - or is the "there" implied?

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