Préposition

ShivaniA0Kwiziq community member

Préposition

Shivani A1 

We use de, du and des with venir verb and country, region or state. What preposition will we use with verb aller and country? e.g I go to Canada.

Asked 9 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Shivani,

To say you go to a country you will use -

aller en/au/aux  + pays 

1.For feminine countries, you will use:

en

Je vais en France, en Italie, en Belgique...

2. For masculine countries you will use:

au

Je vais au Canada, au Brésil, au Maroc, au Portugal ...

3. For plural countries you will use:

aux

Je vais aux États-Unis, aux Pays-Bas, aux Caraïbes, ...

Take a look at the following Kwiziq lesson which will give you more examples -

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/use-en-with-feminine-countries-and-aux-with-masculine-countries-to-say-in-or-to-prepositions

Hope this helps!

 

 

LisaA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi Cécile,

I’ve just been going over (and over) prepositions used with geographical places as outlined in your answer. But I’m a little confused by the first two sentences.

You answered “To say you go somewhere you will use: aller à + pays.” The only time I know of when it’s just “aller à” is with a city, otherwise it’s en, au, aux, dans le/la, etc. Please help me understand. 

Thank you! 

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Lisa,

Having re-read my answer I agree that it was misleading and have re-phrased my explanation , I hope it is more understandable ...

You would in fact use 'à' with cities mainly unless the towns, villages have a 'le'  or 'la' or 'les' in front of hem and it would then be :

au , à la, aux

e.g.

Je vais au Havre

Je vais à la Baule

Je vais aux Baux de Provence

 

 

Hope this helps!

DavidA1Kwiziq community member

Hi,

I thought venir de meant <> Je viens de manger mon diner.

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi David,

This is just two ways of using the verb 'venir de'( to come from) in different ways and with different meanings -

If you want to say that you come from a particular place you will use -

'venir de ' + place

e.g.

Je viens du Maroc I come from Morocco

Nous venons de chez mes parents = We are coming from my parents' house

The other use is -

Venir de + faire quelque chose = To have just done something

so it will be:

venir de + verbe

e.g.

Je viens de faire une bêtise I have just done something stupid

Je viens d'aller en courses I have just been shopping

Nous venons de vous dire ça! We have just told you that!

Hope this helps!

Préposition

Shivani A1 

We use de, du and des with venir verb and country, region or state. What preposition will we use with verb aller and country? e.g I go to Canada.

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