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In Mike Ward’s comedic sketch from entry #472, we hear him ask the audience:

Y’en a-tu qui ont déjà essayé du Viagra?

In English, he’s asking: “Is there anybody (here) who’s ever tried Viagra?”

Y’en a-tu? means the same thing as il y en a?

Y’en a-tu qui ont déjà essayé du Viagra?
= Il y en a qui ont déjà essayé du Viagra?
= Est-ce qu’il y en a qui ont déjà essayé du Viagra?

Because il is often pronounced as y in informal French, il y en morphed into y’en. I’ve included the apostrophe to show that it’s pronounced as one word, like yen.

When Mike said -tu after the verb a, he created a yes-no question. Another example: c’est-tu vrai? is an informal yes-no question meaning “is it true?” This -tu rarely appears in writing, but you’ll hear it in informal speech.

You might also hear y’en a-tu? used on its own. If you hear someone ask this, it means “are there any?” It means the same thing as il y en a? (or est-ce qu’il y en a?).

Listen again to Mike Ward’s sketch here.

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