y tenir – French expression

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Y tenir – French expression

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What does ” y tenir” mean? How do you say ‘to really want’ in French? How is is pronounced? How is it used in a French sentence? Listen to Anne, a French native, say it at FrenchHour.com.

y tenir – there to hold – In everyday French, y tenir means ‘to be attached to’, ‘to care about’, ‘to really want’,

  • « Je vais t’aider à préparer la fête, j’y tiens. »
    • “I’m going to help you prepare the party, I really want to. “

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