French: il n'y a pas?
what is the n'y abbreviating? I know ne...pas makes something into the negative but I forget...
Also why do you have to have the 'a' before pas?
- RELv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
il y a = there is [literally 'it has there']
il n'y a pas = there is no / not any [literally 'it does not have there]]
y = there
n'y = ne y
il = it
a is the third person singular of the verb 'avoir' [to have]
- Randy PLv 79 years ago
To add to RE's answer, the "ne... pas" goes around the verb, and "a" is the verb in this phrase. It's a form of the verb "avoir".
The "y" is a pronoun, but that goes after the "ne" also.
The "n'y" is abbreviating "ne y".
- fredLv 49 years ago
Par example il n y a pas de lait
y means the place or location I think
a comes from the verb avoir which you could change to
il n y avait pas de lait and the meaning is the same.Source(s): French grammarand a bit rusty on the subject.