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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tusharbajaj

"L'homme appartient au personnel."

February 6, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tusharbajaj

can anyone explain difference between au and du ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/patlaf

"au" = "à + le"

"du" = "de + le"

So, they are prepositions to mean "to the" and "of the" respectively. Unfortunately, they're often required in French when there is no need to use them in English. OR, they are switched, so in an English sentence you would say "of the" but in French you need "au".

The worst part is there isn't really any rhyme or reason to it, no rules you can just remember. There are some references out there though about when some verbs require an "à" or "de" after them. Check out:

http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/preposition_a_2.htm

http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/preposition_de_2.htm


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alix90

If i translated the sentence as "The man is part of the staff", would it make sense in English?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jolsmols

Yes, that makes sense in English.

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