Y = There (adverbial pronoun)

Look at these two examples:

J'vaisI'm going there

Nous y passons tous les soirs.We pass there every night.

Notice that to refer to a place previously mentioned in French, you use the pronoun y ('there').

Note also that "y" is placed before the conjugated verb.


Look at how "y" can replace locations introduced by the following prepositions: à, sur, chez, dans :

Tu vas à l'école ? - Oui, j'y vais.Are you going to school? - Yes, I'm going there.

Paul est arrivé à Paris hier ? - Oui, Paul y est arrivé hier.Did Paul arrive in Paris yesterday? - Yes, Paul arrived there yesterday.
 

Elle a posé les clés sur la table ? - Oui, elle y a posé les clés.Did she put the keys on the table? - Yes, she put the keys there.

Tu passeras par chez elle ? - Oui, j'y passerai plus tard.Will you swing by her place ? - Yes, I'll swing by [there] later.
 

Qu'est-ce que tu mets dans cette boîte ? - J'y mets mes bijoux.What do you put in that box? - I put my jewellery in there.

Depuis quand habite-t-il chez Laurent ? - Il y habite depuis janvier.Since when has he lived at Laurent's place? - He's lived there since January.
 

BUT

You cannot replace the expression "de + a place" by "y". You will always use "en" instead:

Il vient de la piscine ? - Oui, il en vient.Is he coming from the swimming pool? - Yes, he is coming from there.
  

See En can replace de + phrase (adverbial pronoun) 

and more advanced cases with Y can replace à + thing / object / location (adverbial pronoun) 

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Elle a posé les clés sur la table ? - Oui, elle y a posé les clés.Did she put the keys on the table? - Yes, she put the keys there.
Nous y retournons demain.We go back there tomorrow.
Il vient de la piscine ? - Oui, il en vient.Is he coming from the swimming pool? - Yes, he is coming from there.
Il y travaille.He works there.
Depuis quand habite-t-il chez Laurent ? - Il y habite depuis janvier.Since when has he lived at Laurent's place? - He's lived there since January.
Nous y passons tous les soirs.We pass there every night.
J'vaisI'm going there
Qu'est-ce que tu mets dans cette boîte ? - J'y mets mes bijoux.What do you put in that box? - I put my jewellery in there.
Paul est arrivé à Paris hier ? - Oui, Paul y est arrivé hier.Did Paul arrive in Paris yesterday? - Yes, Paul arrived there yesterday.
Tu passeras par chez elle ? - Oui, j'y passerai plus tard.Will you swing by her place ? - Yes, I'll swing by [there] later.
Tu vas à l'école ? - Oui, j'y vais.Are you going to school? - Yes, I'm going there.
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