"Dans" and "en"
I've been studying French for two years now and I'm still unclear on when to use "dans" and "en". For instance, when you say, "in France," you say "en France," but when you say "in the United States," you say, "dans les États-Unis." I thought at first that it may be an issue of pluralism, but to say "in the kitchen," you also use "dans", not "en". Can someone enlighten me?
Nous disons "aux Etats-Unis"
Nous disons "je voyage en train" mais "je monte dans le train" et le chef de gare dit "En voiture !"
Nous sommes des gens compliqués ☻
On n'emploie pas "en" devant les articles définis le, les ni devant les pronoms lequel, lesquels et lesquelles.
When I've studied French, my teachers have normally said that as a general rule, "dans" means in as in "inside" (e.g. dans mon sac), however I don't think this is true for everything and there will still be some exceptions. Hope this helped :)