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"la salle de bain" ou "la salle de bains"?

I don't understand which one below is correct, I am confusing...

Il est dans la salle de bain. Il est dans la salle de bains.

Anyone could help me? Merci beacucoup.

December 27, 2017

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

It's also confuse for French themselves.

When I was a boy, I always wrote "La salle de bain", but, nowadays, we can see "la salle de bains". On my opinion I prefer "la salle de bain". But the two spelling exists. Many people prefer "la salle de bains". Both are right. French dictionaries present the two spellings.

December 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TheUknown

It would be "bain". "bains" is plural for bathrooms spelled "il est dans les salles de bains."

December 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidMarsh764255

Actually I think both are acceptable, they mean different things. "Le bain" is the noun for the act of bathing, and not a bath tub, which would be "une baignoire". So we have two nouns "salle" and "bain", either of which could be in the plural.

"La salle de bain" - the room for taking a bath (for bathing)

"La salle des bains" - the room for taking baths

"Les salles de bain" - the rooms for taking a bath

"Les salles des bains" - the rooms for taking baths.

My query is why do we say "salle de bain" at all, and not "salle á bain" ? Anyone any ideas?

April 18, 2019

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