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Using the pronoun "y"

bob b.A0Kwiziq community member

Using the pronoun "y"

Hello All.

I was reviewing pronouns using this page:

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/indirect-objects-2/

It mentions using the adverbial pronoun "y" and then gives an example:

Il y pense.   He’s thinking about her.


I thought that "y" could only be used to reference an inanimate object, not a person.

Are there special cases? What am I missing here?

Thank You in advance.

Bob


Asked 11 months ago
Jim J.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Bonjour Bob,

Yes! In strict grammar terms, you are correct.

https://www.wordreference.com/fren/y

The reference above will show "familiar" examples.

Also "je pense à mes amis" can be written J'y pense in the sense Je pense à eux.

So without seeing your point in context, I cannot expand further than above.

Hope this is helpful.

Bonne continuation

Jim

bob b.A0Kwiziq community member

Thanks Jim. I consider Lawless to be a bit of a gold standard, so it is too bad that a note to this effect wasn't included. Usually the descriptions and explanations are very complete.

Bob

Using the pronoun "y"

Hello All.

I was reviewing pronouns using this page:

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/indirect-objects-2/

It mentions using the adverbial pronoun "y" and then gives an example:

Il y pense.   He’s thinking about her.


I thought that "y" could only be used to reference an inanimate object, not a person.

Are there special cases? What am I missing here?

Thank You in advance.

Bob


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