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bonsoir!pourquoi ¨je vais en ville

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Anastasios

Kwiziq community member

8 December 2017

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bonsoir!pourquoi ¨je vais en ville

Mais ¨Je vais au soupermarchè

This relates to:
En vs dans with locations (prepositions) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

9 December 2017

9/12/17

Bonjour Anastasio,
C'est une très bonne question. J'ai fait une recherche de fichiers sur le Web et je n'en a pas trouvé la bonne réponse.
Bonne chance,

Chris

Kwiziq community member

10 December 2017

10/12/17

Je vais en ville. -- I go into town.


The "en" connotes a more general location than "à" or "dans".
Another example of the same ilk:


Je suis en classe. -- I am in class.
Je suis dans la classe. -- I am in the classroom.


Je vais au supermarché -- I go to the supermarket.


This is a very specific location you are referring to: hence "à" and not "en". Yet another example:


Je vais venir en voiture. -- I am going to come by car.
Je suis dans la voiture. -- I am in the car.


I hope this helps to elucidate the difference in meaning.


-- Chris (not a native speaker but one who loves infrequently used English words. :)

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 December 2017

11/12/17

Bonjour Anastasio! 


To complete Chris's answer :)


"en" and "au" mean two different things here:


en = (in)to, in


au = to the, in the


Here are links to our related lessons:


https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/prepositions-locations-dans-versus-en


https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/contractions-of-articles-a-le-au-a-les-aux-de-le-du-de-les-des


I hope that's helpful!


À bientôt !

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