au sous-sol.

SheilaB2Kwiziq community member

au sous-sol.

I understand that we use être w hen certain verbs are followed by a preposition but isn't 'au' as in 'J'ai descendu les boîtes au sous-sol.', a preposition or have I got that wrong - again!
Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Sheila ! I understand your confusion, but here "au sous-sol" doesn't follow and relate to the verb "descendre". In this sentence, "descendre" is followed by a direct object (to take [something] down), therefore you use "avoir", even though you're adding a location *where* you're taking these boxes. The meaning is different: it's "to take [something] down [somewhere]" vs "to go down [somewhere]". I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !
SheilaB2Kwiziq community member
Ok thanks

au sous-sol.

I understand that we use être w hen certain verbs are followed by a preposition but isn't 'au' as in 'J'ai descendu les boîtes au sous-sol.', a preposition or have I got that wrong - again!

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