Ton père est ________ prison.

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Inga Marie

Kwiziq community member

26 February 2019

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Ton père est ________ prison.

Prison seems like a pretty specific place... so why 'en' instead of 'dans la'?

This question relates to:
French lesson "En vs dans with locations (prepositions)"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

27 February 2019

27/02/19

Hi Inga Marie,

This has been asked many times and the answer is in the Q& A at the bottom of the lesson....

Inga Marie

Kwiziq community member

27 February 2019

27/02/19

Are you referring to "‘Je suis en prison’ puts the emphasis on the fact you are ‘incarcerated’  and not maybe visiting someone in prison."  Still seems counterintuitive to me, but also not something I'll be saying so maybe it doesn't matter. I don't see how it puts emphasis on incarceration. 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

1 March 2019

1/03/19

Hi Inga,

 If we were to say " Your father is doing time" ( slang for being in prison)  for "Ton père est en prison , would that make it clearer , as it is what it means....

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