FR: Il est des situations

Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by bbgriff44, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. bbgriff44 Member

    Us - English
    dans le Père Goriot "Il est des situations dans la vie où tout est amertume"

    I guess I don't understand the "il est" followed by plural situations. Is this case very literary, or can this be used when speaking as well?

  2. geostan

    geostan Senior Member

    English Canada
    Literary, probably, formal definitely. Il y a is the usual expression.
  3. bbgriff44 Member

    Us - English
    Yes, "il y a" is what I would have used. Thanks for the explanation.

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