What is the function of the pronoun y in the expression « Il n’y manque pas une virgule, pas un iota. »?

Another way to ask this question is “if the pronoun y was not present, what would be present instead?” Another way to ask this question is “What is the pronoun y replacing?”

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Y is replacing the thing/place where something isn't missing/lacking...

If you want to replace the pronoun by its antécédent, you can say something like:

Il ne manque pas une virgule à vos écrits.

Il ne manque rien dans cet hôtel.

This pronoun is not mandatory in these sentences so you can also say:

Il ne manque pas une virgule/un iota.

Il ne manque rien.

  • Thank you for your help once again @jlliagre ! 😊
    – SFR
    Jan 27, 2021 at 18:08

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