aimer détester + country

diana

Kwiziq community member

13 October 2017

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aimer détester + country

Why do we say J'aime Cuba, but J'aime la France? Is there a lesson on that? Thanks

Ron

Kwiziq community member

13 October 2017

13/10/17

Bonjour Diana,
Here is a lesson that explains the use of «la» when talking about a country.
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/14
Unfortunately Cuba is not listed on this lesson: however, I believe the same rules apply. Keep in mind; however, that Cuba is masculine so it would be «le Cuba».
J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderait.
Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière et qui a été utilisé par le monde français depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet

diana

Kwiziq community member

14 October 2017

14/10/17

Well, I am taking a grammar lesson now. My teacher says that we say J'aime la France, but J'aime Cuba, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapour, Chypre, Israël
Some of these may be easy exceptions as they are islands, and islands are treated differently, I can't verify any reasons for the others. (Singapore is like a city state, perhaps)

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 October 2017

16/10/17

C'est une bonne question, Diana à laquelle, je crois, il n'y a pas une réponse simple. Il faut simplement l'apprendre par coeur. On dit "J'aime le Mexique" me "j'aime Cuba" (sans article).

-- Chris (not a native speaker)

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