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There are two adverbial pronouns (French: les pronoms adverbiaux) in the French language: y and en. In general, they are considered as adverbs but practically used as pronouns.
The pronouns en and y basically do not refer to people. How we translate them into English depends on where en and y are found in French.
En is used with verbs and phrases that are normally followed by de to avoid repeating the same word. Translated into the English language it can mean: of it, of them, from it, from them, from there, some or any.
1. as a kind of preposition.
2. as a kind of partitive.
3. with expressions that are followed by de.
4. with expressions of quantity.
Y is used with verbs and phrases that are normally followed by à to avoid repeating the same word. Moreover it can also mean there and can be used to replace phrases that would use prepositions such as dans (in) or sur (on).
When y stands for a thing or idea and follows a verb which requires à, it's translated by it or them.
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