Use of the pronoun Y

ChuckA1Kwiziq community member

Use of the pronoun Y

The sentence from Aug 1 RFI.  Why the pronoun Y?  What is it replacing, since I don't see an "a + verb" or a place that is normally replaced.

La tension monte entre les États-Unis et la Chine. La numéro 3 de l'État américain pourrait se rendre à Taïwan, mais Pékin ne reconnait pas l'indépendance de cet État et y voit une provocation.
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ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Here is the sentence without the full phrase substituted for y:

Pékin voit à la viste de la numéro 3 de l'Ètat américain une provocation. -- Peking sees the visit of the number 3 of America as a provocation.
Pékin y voit une provocation. -- Peking sees ("therein") in it a provocation. Or, with a better flow in English: Peking sees this as a provocation. 

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

You also may not have come across other uses of 'y' such as in the linked lesson (B1 level) : 'y' can replace  'à + noun group' that refers to location/place, things/objects, but not people. 

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/use-of-the-pronoun-y 

ChuckA1Kwiziq community member

Merci beaucoup pour votre assistance!

Use of the pronoun Y

The sentence from Aug 1 RFI.  Why the pronoun Y?  What is it replacing, since I don't see an "a + verb" or a place that is normally replaced.

La tension monte entre les États-Unis et la Chine. La numéro 3 de l'État américain pourrait se rendre à Taïwan, mais Pékin ne reconnait pas l'indépendance de cet État et y voit une provocation.

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