https://www.duolingo.com/Lachlan263051

Au vs Pour?

So I've been Googling for an answer, but all it comes up with is A vs De, which I don't think will help.

What is the difference between the two? Can they be used interchangeably? (For example, Duolingo marked me wrong for using pour before petit-dejeuner).

December 4, 2017

3 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/aistobe

I'm a bit confused on the specifics of your question, but even so I can tell you that there aren't really any one-to-one relationships between English and French use of prepositions. And like in English, they can often seem arbitrary. This is the case with most languages. Short answer: You just have to memorize them.

December 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

Also, petit déjeuner is not hyphenated and is always preceded by the definite article le (as it is a masculine noun). This may go some way to explaining why au (à + le) is used and not pour.

ex Je te verra au petit déjeuner → "I'll see you at breakfast".

But, as aistobe has pointed out, prepositions do not align between French and English so need to be memorised.

December 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DebbieBamb

What was the whole sentence where you were using a preposition with "petit dejeuner"? Context matters with prepositions. Maybe then we can explain it for you.

December 5, 2017
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