https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bhouse113

Dans or à la for in

The bottles are in the cellar. I put Les bouteilles sont dans la cave. It marked my answer wrong and said it should be à la cave. Then later it had a sentence as Mon vin est dans la cave. My french teacher said she didn’t know of a rule about this and that using dans for the Les bouteilles sont dans la cave should be correct.

January 17, 2019

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

I have a bottle of wine right now, in my hand, that I'm looking at. (I went down to the basement and got it when I read your question.) It clearly states "mis en bouteille dans nos caves" on the back label. So I'm going to conclude that your teacher knows her stuff.

January 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bhouse113

. Merci. So that means duolingo was wrong! I often will click on the “my answer was correct” when they have something like that, but I never see an explanation.

January 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

A quick search shows that three years ago a moderator posted that either should be accepted. Maybe no one ever reported it.

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/8878093

January 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

So à la cave is a little more general. Like you say je suis à la maison. It could mean you are inside the house or around the house. You could be standing on your porch.
So where do you keep the wine?
À la cave.
D’accord. Je suis à la cave mais où exactement est le vin?
Dans la cave.

January 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Manuel599019

Are you sure there wasn't another mistake in your answer? I am going through that section right now and I get that phrase very often and I always translate it as "Les bouteilles sont dans la cave" and it is marked correct.

January 18, 2019
Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.