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The word "in" in French

I can't seem to understand when I should use the word "en" or "à" in sentences. Is there any easy way to remember when to use which? Thank you in advance.

April 25, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jimmy54103

Be sure to always read the tips in each Duolingo lesson. There are good explanations there.

There are many uses, and some exceptions. Anyway, here are a few common uses of à and en:


to mean “at”:

--- Je suis à la maison.

--- Je suis au restaurant. ("au" is a contraction of à + le)


to mean “to”:

---- Je vais à la plage.

---- Je vais au restaurant. ("au" is a contraction of à + le)


-- months ---- en août (in August)

-- transportation ---- en train, en avion (by train, by plane)

-- time ---- en trois jours (in three days)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Natalia717_

Thank you for the explanations and examples.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael855818

à is used for more specific locations like the store, or Paris. En is used for larger locations, like France or Europe.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rltl753

Places

You use "à" for specific places and cities:

Specific places: à la banque, au parc, au musée, à la boulangerie;

Cities: à Paris, à Londres, à New York

For larger places, e.g. countries, you use "en" for feminine countries or countries that begin with a vowel, and "à" (which will become au since countries come with their own articles) for masculine countries:

Feminine/Vowel: en Chine, en France, en Australie, en Amérique

Masculine: au Japon, au Brésil, au Canada


Transport

For modes of transport, you use "en" for public transport and à for individual transport:

Public: en train, en voiture, en avion, en taxi, en métro

Personal: à pied, à velo, à moto


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Summerstor5

à = at en = in (a large area) dans = inside something like a closet, box, car, train


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

à in fench is used for specific locations like store, etc. en is used for a large are area like France, etc.

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