https://www.duolingo.com/SirFluffers

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.

September 14, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

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

September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SirFluffers

Merci, I thought that ecole was le :/

September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Arcaeca

Regardless of gender, any noun that starts with a vowel sound[1] 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

September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Indeed, even if 'école' had been masculine, it would have been 'à l'école'.

  • à l'école (feminine)
  • à l'écolier (masculine)
September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MeiyunWest

I'm not great at French but I'm pretty sure it's à l'ecole

September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

You are great...☺

September 14, 2017
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