Bonjour Aurélie!

Heera

Kwiziq community member

18 April 2017

4 replies

Bonjour Aurélie!

What is the difference between "Je vais au Portugal" and "Je vais dans le Portugal" ?

This relates to:
En, dans = In, to with regions, states, counties (prepositions) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

18 April 2017

18/04/17

Bonjour Heera ! "Je vais dans le Portugal." doesn't exist in French: it sounds really weird, like "I'm going inside Portugal", as if it was an object... Portugal being a masculine country, "Je vais au Portugal" is the only correct sentence in French. Have a look at this lesson: https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/use-en-with-feminine-countries-and-aux-with-masculine-countries-to-say-in-or-to-prepositions I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Heera

Kwiziq community member

18 April 2017

18/04/17

Merci Aurélie. I had seen "Nous allons dans l'Illinois pour les vacances - We're going to Illinois for the holidays" and hence the question.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

19 April 2017

19/04/17

Bonjour Heera ! The rule is different for US states, regions or counties, hence "dans l'Illinois". Bonne journée !

Heera

Kwiziq community member

19 April 2017

19/04/17

Merci beaucoup, Aurélie! Bonne journée!

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