Can you say Tu n’y étais pas instead of Tu n’ étais pas là to mean You wern’t there?
You would normally use 'y' when it replaces a specific place previously mentioned.
Tu vas à la plage ? Oui, j'y vais dans une heure = Are you going to the beach, yes I am going there in an hour's time
If someone just said out of the blue -
Tu y vas?
My answer would be
as unclear to where we are talking about.
Here is the Kwiziq lesson on how to use 'Y' -
Y = There (adverbial pronoun)
In the Kwiz question, we don't know what 'there' stands for, so we use là.
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