Il y a
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Il y aIl y a + quantity
Aujourd’hui il y a du soleil. Today it is sunny (= There is sun).
Il y a + time expressions
Il y a longtemps que j’habite au Cameroun. I have been living in Cameroon for a long time.
The negative form is il n’y a pas.
Il n’y a pas longtemps que j’habite au Cameroun. I haven’t been living in Cameroon for a long time.
• You will often hear French speakers shortening these phrases. So, il y a becomes y a and il n’y a pas becomes y a pas. This is informal.
Y a pas de problème ! No problem! (There’s no problem)
• Il y a is invariable, this means it can be followed by a plural.
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