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

What's the difference of "au"/"à la"?

I can say "au café", which means "at the coffee shop". And i can say "à la banque", which means "at the bank".

Where do i use each one? I can't say "au banque"?

August 12, 2019

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

Au = à + le -> masculine

À la = à + la -> feminine

  • La banque -> à la banque (à la piscine, à la mer, à la montagne)
  • Le café -> au café (au restaurant, au bar, au supermarché)
  • L'hôtel -> à l'hôtel (à l'hôpital, à l'armée, à l'école)
August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RuwaydaAtH
  • Use au before a masculine word (eg le supermarché):

je vais au supermarché - I'm going to the supermarket

  • Use à la before a feminine word (eg la maison):

elle est restée à la maison - she stayed at home

  • Use à l' before a singular word beginning with a vowel or silent -h, eg:

tu as parlé à l'ami de Julien ? - did you speak to Julien's friend?

mon père travaille à l’Hôtel Bleu - my dad works at the Blue Hotel

  • Use aux before a word in the plural form, eg:

vous allez aux États-Unis ? - are you going to the USA?

August 12, 2019

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

So "aux" for every word in plural.

August 12, 2019

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

Yes

August 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janet240859

Au is effectively the same as "à le" - though you would never say that. It is simply the masculine version of "à la". "à la" doesn't have an abbreviated/consolidated form.

Having said that you would use à l' for a masculine or feminine word starting with a vowel, e.g. à l'école (f), à l'arbre (m)

August 12, 2019
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