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Il y avait du monde partout, je ne pouvais pas bouger.

Translation

There were people everywhere, I couldn't move.



Analysis


il
     1. pron. he (third-person singular masculine subject pronoun for human subject)
     2. pron. it (third-person singular subject pronoun for grammatically masculine objects)
     3. pron. Impersonal subject; it
y
     1. pron. there (at a place)
     2. pron. there, thither (to there)
     3. pron. ngd, Used as a pronoun to replace à followed by an indirect object.
     4. pron.          With verbs: see for verbs which use this structure.
     5. pron. (archaic) With adjectives. Only used with handful of adjectives (the most usual being y compris, which is a special case), mainly in juridical language.
     6. pron. (Quebec, France, colloquial) He: alternative form of il
     7. pron. (Quebec, France, colloquial) They: alternative form of ils
     8. pron. (Quebec, colloquial) They: alternative form of elles
avait
     1. v. third-person singular imperfect indicative of avoir
     avoir
          1. n. asset, possession
          2. v. to have (to own; to possess)
          3. v. (intransitive, with à) to have (to), must
          4. v. (auxiliary) to have (auxiliary verb to form compound past tenses of most verbs)
          5. v. to have (a condition)
          6. v. to have (a measure or age)
          7. v. to have (to trick)
          8. v. to have (to participate in an experience)
y avoir
     1. v. (impersonal, transitive) there be
du
     1. contraction. contraction of de + le (of the)
     2. contraction. contraction of de + le ; (forms the partitive article)
     de
          1. prep. of (expresses belonging)
          2. prep. of (used to express property or association)
          3. prep. from (used to indicate origin)
          4. prep. of (indicates an amount)
          5. prep. used attributively, often translated into English as a compound word
          6. prep. from (used to indicate the start of a time or range)
          7. prep. used after certain verbs before an infinitive, often translated into English as a gerund or an infinitive
          8. prep. by (indicates the amount of change)
          9. art. (indefinite) some; any (in questions or negatives)
          10. art. (negative) (pas de) a, an, any
          11. n. abbreviation of dame
     le
          1. art. The (definite article).
          2. art. Used before abstract nouns; not translated in English.
          3. art. (before parts of the body) The; my, your, etc.
          4. art. (before units) A, an.
          5. pron. (direct object) Him, it.
          6. pron. (used to refer to something previously mentioned or implied; not translated in English).
monde
     1. n. world
     2. n. people
     3. interj. (Louisiana French) good heavens
     4. adj. (archaic) pure; clean
partout
     1. adv. everywhere
je
     1. pron. I
ne
     1. part. (literary) not (used alone to negate a verb; now chiefly with the verbs pouvoir, savoir, cesser and oser)
     2. part. not, no (used before a verb, with a subsequent element following; see Usage Notes, below)
     3. part. Used in a subordinate clause before a subjunctive verb (especially when the main verb expresses doubt or fear), to provide extra overtones of doubt or uncertainty (but not negating its verb); the so-c
     4. part. In comparative clauses usually translated with the positive sense of the subsequent negative
pouvais
     1. v. first-person singular imperfect indicative of pouvoir
     2. v. second-person singular imperfect indicative of pouvoir
     pouvoir
          1. v. can, to be able to
          2. v. may
          3. v. (impersonal, reflexive) to be possible; may, could be
          4. n. (or un) power, a power.
          5. n. authority
          6. n. (legal) power of attorney
pas
     1. n-m. step, pace, footstep
     2. n-m. (geography) strait (e.g., Pas de Calais, "Strait of Dover")
     3. adv. (ne ... pas) not
     4. adv. (colloquial, spoken) not
bouger
     1. v. to move


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