Cardinal points

JeanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Cardinal points

Au sud, dans le sud etc.  Which preposition is correct, and if both can be  used, is there a difference in when they are used ?

Merci en avance !

Asked 8 months ago
MarieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Jean!

Both prepositions are correct, however they will give a different meaning to the sentence - so it depends on what you want to say.

 

"Au"/"à"

When writing "j'habite au sud de Paris" (I live South from Paris), it will imply that I am living somewhere South outside Paris. Using "au"/"à" before a cardinal point indicates the direction of a location outside another.

 

"Dans"

When writing "j'habite dans le sud de Paris" (I live on the South side of Paris), it means that I live inside Paris, on the South side of the city. "Dans" used before a cardinal point indicates an area within a location.

JeanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Merci, c'est clair!

Cardinal points

Au sud, dans le sud etc.  Which preposition is correct, and if both can be  used, is there a difference in when they are used ?

Merci en avance !

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