Lôn
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Lôn asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 5 months ago

In French, what's the difference between 'allons-y' and 'on-y-va' ? Don't they both mean "let's go"?

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  • Pontus
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    5 months ago
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    Allons-y. Let's go (there).. -actual imperative mood, actual 1st person plural (we).

    On y va. (No hyphens). On - is a common casual substitute for the more formal nous, but only as a subject (on - has other meanings as well). Literally: We go / are going (there). indicative mood, and a statement. There is no imperative form for "on".

    Practically speaking, they both can be used to mean: let's go, but "on y va" is more casual and more likely in daily spoken French.

    On y va -- can also be a simple statement, rather than a suggestion. We're going.

    On - can also be an indefinite subject, when the speaker is not entirely certain what the subjects are. So, on y va -- can also mean: They/someone/everyone etc are going (we don't know exactly who). But that meaning is more likely in more formal French.

    It has nothing to with future or present. The meanings are the same when "on" means "we".

    Source(s): taught French; native English speaker.
  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    aside what Pontus said, "allons-y" is a request/suggestion. "on y va" is used when the speaker already knows that the other(s) want(s) to go too

    Source(s): my personal A-level impression
    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      As in "shall we go?" ...as opposed to" here we go"?

  • 5 months ago

    From me as a native French person, I would say that both mean the same.

    That is although ' on y va ' ( literally in English: we're going) is in the present tense and: ' Allons-y ' ( let's go) is present imperative. However ' on y va ' is more familiar / common.

    Often we emphasize the phrase with an exclamation mark:

    On y va !

    Or:

    Allons-y !

  • 5 months ago

    Let's go (future)

    Here we go (now)

    I may be wrong since I am not a native speaker.

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      That makes sense though....

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