You just have to watch all the movies

Andy

Kwiziq community member

15 January 2017

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You just have to watch all the movies

Hi. In the week 19 B1 writing test the above is translated as: Il n’y a qu’à regarder tous les films. I can understand 'you only have to watch' bit but please what purpose does the 'y' pronoun play here please? [And as an unrelated aside could this sentence not be simply said as: Vous devez juste regarder tous les films. ]

This question relates to:
French lesson "Y can replace à + thing / object / location (adverbial pronoun)"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

16 January 2017

16/01/17

Bonjour Andy ! In this case, it's actually a variant of the expression "il y a" (there is/are) which is used: "il n'y a qu'à + infinitif" meaning "It's enough to + verb" (Literally "there is only/just to + infinitif). In this context, the best alternative with "vous" would actually be: "Vous n'avez qu'à regarder tous les films." (I've now added it to the test answers) I hope that's helpful!

Andy

Kwiziq community member

16 January 2017

16/01/17

Thanks Aurélie!

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