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il n’y a pas un chat

The French expression “il n’y a pas un chat” translates directly to “there isn’t a cat”.

English meanings:

  • there isn’t a soul in sight
  • there’s no one at all

French meanings:

  • il n’y a personne there’s nobody

Sample sentence:

  • Pendant l’été il y a des milliers de touristes sur les plages mais en hiver il n’y pas un chat. During the summer there are thousands of tourists on the beaches but during the winter there isn’t a soul in sight.

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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