Au ecole / à l'ecole
Hello, so I'm pretty new to french and I looked up prepositions and focused on "à" and read that à + le turned into au. Then I saw the example à l'ecole which I thought should have been au ecole because ecole has the article le? I'm confused.
école est féminin, une école, l'école (on ne dit pas la école), je vais à l'école
collège est masculin, un collège, je vais au collège
danse est féminin, la danse, je vais à la danse
Regardless of gender, any noun that starts with a vowel sound should take l' as its definite article, not le or la. This is why au école - it would require you to start with à le école, but you don't - you're supposed to start with à l'école, which then precedes to not contract.
^1 except les h aspirés : every French student's favorite little minutia /s
Indeed, even if 'école' had been masculine, it would have been 'à l'école'.
- à l'école (feminine)
- à l'écolier (masculine)