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Google Translation:
Il n'y avait dans la cour, formée par quatre pauvres bâtiments, aucun être vivant, sinon les poules picorant le fumier …

il
     1. pron. he (third-person singular masculine subject pronoun for human subject)
     2. pron. it (third-person singular subject pronoun for grammarically masculine objects)
     3. pron. Impersonal subject; it
           Il pleut. - It’s raining.
ne
     1. part. (literary) not (used alone to negate a verb; now chiefly with the verbs pouvoir, m)
     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
           apprendre le français est plus facile qu'on ne pense - learning French is easier than you think
y
     1. pron. there (at a place)
           Il est dans la maison. Il y est. - He is in the house. He is there.
     3. pron. there, thither (to there)
           Nous allons au Mexique. Nous y allons. - We are going to Mexico. We are going there.
     5. pron. (ngd, Used as a pronoun to replace à followed by an indirect object.)
     6. pron.    With verbs: see Appendix:French verbs followed by à for verbs which use this structure.
     7. 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.
             personnes y nommées
             procédures y afférentes
             documents y relatifs
             eaux y affluentes
     12. pron. (Quebec, France, colloquial) He: alternative form of il
     13. pron. (Quebec, France, colloquial) They: alternative form of ils
     14. 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)
                J'aimerais avoir 20 dollars. - I would like to have 20 dollars.
          4. v. (intransitive, with à) to have (to), must
                J'ai à vous parler. - I have to talk to you.
          6. v. (auxiliary) to have (auxiliary verb to form compound past tenses of most verbs)
                J'ai parlé. - I have spoken.
          8. v. to have (a condition)
                J'ai faim. - I have hunger.
                J'ai froid. - I have cold.
          11. v. to have (a measure or age)
                Elle a 19 ans. - She has 19 years.
          13. v. to have (to trick)
                Tu t'es fait avoir. - You've been had.
          15. v. to have (to participate in an experience)
                avoir des relations sexuelles - to have sexual relations
y avoir
     1. v. (impersonal, transitive) there be
           Il y a deux raisons. - There are two reasons.
dans
     1. prep. in (inside)
           Il habite dans le quartier le plus riche de Paris.
             He lives in the richest district of Paris.
     4. prep. in, into (from outside, to inside)
           Mettre l'argent dans la poche.
             Put money into one's pocket.
     7. prep. in (within a period of time)
           Je serai prêt dans une heure.
             I'll be ready in one hour.
     10. prep. out of, from
           Il prend le beurre dans le réfrigérateur.
             He takes the butter out of the fridge.
     13. prep. (with respect to time) during
           dans un temps donné - during a given time
     15. n. plural of dan
la
     1. art. the (definite article).
     2. pron. her, it (direct object).
     3. n-m. (music) la, the note 'A'.
cour
     1. n. courtyard, yard
     2. n. (legal) court
     3. n. (royal) court
     4. n. following (of a celebrity etc.)
formé
e
par
     1. prep. through
           par la fenêtre - through the window
           aller par le parc - go through the park
     4. prep. by (used to introduce a means; used to introduce an agent in a passive construction))
           voyager par train - travel by train
           par surprise - by surprise
           le bateau est attaqué par des pirates. - the boat is being attacked by pirates.
     8. prep. over (used to express direction)
           Viens par ici ! - Come over here!
     10. prep. from (used to describe the origin of something, especially a view or movement)
           voir par devant - see from the back
           le liquide est arrivé par le robinet - the liquid arrived from the tap
     13. prep. around, round (inside of)
           par tout le cinéma - all around the cinema
     15. prep. on (situated on, used in certain phrases)
           par terre - on the ground
     17. prep. on, at, in (used to denote a time when something occurs)
           par un beau jour - on a nice day
           par un soir - in one evening
     20. prep. in
           marcher par deux - walk in twos
     22. prep. per, a, an
           trois fois par semaine - three times a week
     24. prep. out of (used to describe the reason for something)
           par pure colère - out of pure anger
           par tristesse - out of sadness
     27. prep. for
     28. n. (golf) par
quatre
     1. num. four
pauvres
     1. adj. plural of pauvre
     2. n. plural of pauvre
     pauvre
          1. adj. poor (financially deprived)
          2. adj. lacking, scanty
          3. adj. poor, pitiable
          4. n-m. poor person; pauper
timents
aucun
     1. adj. no, none, not any
           Il n'a aucun désir de construire des temples.
             He hasn't any desire to build temples.
     4. pron. none, no-one
           Aucun d'entre eux n'a été capable de répondre.
             No one among them could give an answer.
ê
tre
vivant
     1. adj. alive; living
           Je croyais qu'il était mort, mais il est encore vivant. - I thought he was dead, but he is still alive.
     3. v. present participle of vivre
     4. n-m. a living person
     vivre
          1. v. to live
          2. v. to experience
sinon
     1. conj. except, apart from
           Je ne sais pas grand chose, sinon que je t'aime.
             I don't know much, except that I love you.
     4. conj. if not
     5. conj. otherwise, or else
les
     1. art. plural of le: the
     2. art. plural of la: the
     3. pron. plural of le: them
     4. pron. plural of la: them
poules
     1. n. plural of poule
     poule
          1. n. hen (female chicken)
          2. n. (slang) chick, bird (woman)
          3. n. (cards) pool
          4. n. pool, group (stage of a competition before the knockout stages)
picorant
     1. v. present participle of picorer
     picorer
          1. v. (obsolete) to maraud, pillage, rampage
          2. v. to nibble, peck (of birds, or figuratively)
le
     1. art. The (definite article).
           Le lait du matin. - The milk of the morning.
           Je suis le valeureux Don Quichotte de la Manche, le défaiseur de torts et le réparateur d’iniquités. - I am the valiant Don Quixote of La Mancha, the undoer of wrongs and the repairer of iniqui
     4. art. Used before abstract nouns; not translated in English.
     5. art. (before parts of the body) The; my, your, etc.
           Il s’est cassé la jambe. - He has broken his leg.
     7. art. (before units) A, an.
           Cinquante kilomètres à l’heure. - fifty kilometres an hour
     9. pron. (direct object) Him, it.
     10. pron. (used to refer to something previously mentioned or implied; not translated in English).
           Je suis petit et lui, il l’est aussi. - I am small and he is too (he is it too, i.e., he is small too).
fumier
     1. n. manure, dung
     2. n. (vulgar, slang) bastard, shit
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