In the sentences above "Il y a des chiens", why Il ya and not ce sont since "des chiens" is plural?

Laura

Kwiziq community member

30 May 2017

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In the sentences above "Il y a des chiens", why Il ya and not ce sont since "des chiens" is plural?

This relates to:
Using du, de la, de l', des to express some or any (partitive articles) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

30 May 2017

30/05/17

Bonjour Laura ! "Il y a" means "there are" whereas "ce sont" means "these/they are": "Il y a des chiens ici." (There are dogs here.) "Ce sont des chiens." (These are dogs.) I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Laura

Kwiziq community member

30 May 2017

30/05/17

merci! i am just a beginner and this distinction was not clearly presented in class.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

1 June 2017

1/06/17

Bonjour Laura ! Here are links to our two related lessons :) https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/how-to-say-there-is-or-there-are-il-y-a https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/cest-and-ce-sont-this-is-these-are-demonstrative-pronouns Bonne chance !

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