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What's the difference?

I am trying to learn French, but I am confused on the words "en" and "dans". They both mean "in", but how do I know when to use which one?

May 8, 2020



Dans is more physical. En is more abstract. In the box= dans; in French = en. However, you really just need a lot of exposure to the language to see where each is used. In addition, for prepositions it is better to try not to translate, because in European languages the meanings of prepositions overlap. It is not helpful to try to memorize dans = in; en = in; etc. It is better to remember examples of their use in context.


en is for countries ( en france ) and dans is just for normal, physical things ( dans le jardin )

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