Are Le + Y interchangeable when using à?

NatalieA2Kwiziq community member

Are Le + Y interchangeable when using à?

Tu veux venir à la piscine? - Oui, je le veux

Does this mean that y and le are interchangeable when à is used as a preposition? Obviously meaning is slightly changed but would the different meaning make a huge problem?

e.g. je le veux vs je veux y venir


Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Nathalie,

No, they mean different things.

When you answer -

Je le veux 

it means:

yes, I do  ( simply you agree to go swimming)

If you answered,

Je veux y aller, it would mean:

yes, I want to go there, probably meaning the swimming pool.

Hope this helps!

 

ValerieB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

May I ask something further about this specific question/answer? The lesson states that "y" is used if the phrase starts with "a" (sorry, can't get the accent to work). So I really don't understand why the answer is je le veux. Unless...is it because the phrase is preceded by an infinitive (eg, venir)? Thanks.

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Valerie, 

Je le veux 

is more'

I want to (go) 

rather than 

Je veux y aller = I want to go there ( there being the swimming pool)

Are Le + Y interchangeable when using à?

Tu veux venir à la piscine? - Oui, je le veux

Does this mean that y and le are interchangeable when à is used as a preposition? Obviously meaning is slightly changed but would the different meaning make a huge problem?

e.g. je le veux vs je veux y venir


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