Placement of y in a sentence using futur proche

Andrew

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23 August 2017

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Placement of y in a sentence using futur proche

I thought there was a rule that "y" should come before the verb (including auxiliary verb). There seems to be an exception when using the futur proche? For example: Je vais y reflechir rather than J'y vais reflechir.

This relates to:
Y can replace à + thing / object / location (adverbial pronoun) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

24 August 2017

24/08/17

Bonjour Andrew,
With the lesson here, «y» is replacing a group of words, i.e. a clause, etc. that begins with «à». Here is the part of the lesson that explains this:
Note that the pronoun y can also replace a group introduced by the preposition à + [thing(s)]/[object(s)]/[location(s)] (but not a person), particularly with verbs that require à.
In such cases, you cannot replace the noun alone with a pronoun, you must replace the whole à + [noun] group with y.
You are correct that y precedes the verb and it does in your sentence, it precedes the verb reflechir meaning the locuteur is going to reflect on something and that something is a phrase or group of words that begins with à.
J'espère que cela vous aiderait.
Bonne chance et bonne continuation.

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