“there is/there are” in French: il y a

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In this French we will discuss the idiom “il y a which means “there is/there are” in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how il y a is used in French,
  • how il y a is used in sentences in French,
  • how you can quiz yourself on il y a,
  • how to practice with flashcards for il y a
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about il y a!

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Explanation of il y a

If you want to say “there is” or “there are” in French, then you have to use the idiom

  • il y a = there is / there are

It does not matter if the object that you are referring to is singular or plural.

This idiom will be used in either case.

Il y a un moustique dans ma chambre.

There is a mosquito in my room.

Il y a des fleurs dans mon jardin.

There are flowers in my garden.

Il y a deux lieux que je voudrais voir.

There are two place that I would like to see.

Il y a une grippe.

There is a flu.

You may look at the first word and think of the subject pronoun “il” and think that this somehow means that this only applies to masculine nouns.

Please note that this is not true, this idiom applies to everything in French.

Il y a beaucoup de femmes ici.

There are a lot of women here.

This is a very useful idiom, and one that you will encounter often in your daily life, so it’s important to know it well.

Example Sentences Using il y a

The final section of this lesson on il y a is about seeing it in action, so you can improve your understanding on how il y a is used in practice. Here are some example sentences that show how il y a is used French.

Il y a un moustique dans ma chambre.

There is a mosquito in my room.

Il y a des fleurs dans mon jardin.

There are flowers in my garden.

Il y a une grippe.

There is a flu.

Il y a beaucoup de femmes ici.

There are a lot of women here.

Il y a deux lieux que je voudrais voir.

There are two place that I would like to see.

Quiz Yourself on Il y a

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

There is / There are un moustique dans ma chambre.

There is a mosquito in my room.
There is / There are beaucoup de femmes ici.

There are a lot of women here.

How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson

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