https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Selma-Ibrahim

Should I use "dans" or "en" here?

"Je dois terminer mon cours ____ un mois."

Merci d'avance.

October 22, 2016

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[deactivated user]

    http://www.francaisfacile.com/exercices/exercice-francais-2/exercice-francais-78651.php

    "Je dois terminer mon cours en un mois" -> It means you ONLY have one month to do your course.

    "Je dois terminer mon cours dans un mois" -> Next month, you'll have to finish your course.

    October 22, 2016

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

    Good to know :)

    October 22, 2016

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

    OMG, Spanish needs these words!

    October 22, 2016

    [deactivated user]

      In fact those words exist in Spanish : "dans" is almost like "dentro" and "en" is almost like... "en".

      But in French, the difference between the period and the event is also present in some other words for instance :

      un jour (event/a point in a time line) - une journée (period)

      un soir (event/a point in a time line) - une soirée (period)

      October 22, 2016

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

      Well, I haven't ever said ''dentro''

      October 22, 2016

      [deactivated user]

        It's true that's not a very used word. I often hear "en" instead of "dentro". Maybe because "dentro" is only used for ubication.

        October 22, 2016

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

        Thanks for bringing this up! Could you please explain the difference between jour/journée, soir/soirée, etc. I've always been puzzled on when to use which form of the time. Merci!

        October 27, 2016

        [deactivated user]

          J'ai dormi toute la soirée. This lasts during all the evening so you use soirée.

          Je suis arrivé à la station le soir. You arrive at a precise hour or moment, then you use soir.

          October 27, 2016

          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesBoi5

          Also, "en" expresses something that takes a continuous amout of time: "je dois écrire mon livre en deux mois" - while "dans" tends to be an event in the future: "je dois me marier dans un an"

          October 22, 2016

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

          I'd use dans here, but cannot explain why. And I am not a native speaker, of course.

          October 22, 2016

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

          j'opte pour EN

          October 22, 2016
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