Usage of “à la”/“de la” with all feminine nouns vs feminine with article (New Orleans)

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Usage of “à la”/“de la” with all feminine nouns vs feminine with article (New Orleans)

Why do you use “à la” with New-Orleans (On va à la Nouvelle-Orléans la semaine prochaine) if there is no article in the name of Nouvelle-Orléans? Is it because it’s a feminine noun? Do I have to use “à la” and “de la” with all feminine nouns OR only with the ones that start with the feminine articles?

 

 

 

 

 

Asked 1 month ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Chiara,

 it isLa Nouvelle-Orléans ‘ in French. 

The English/American name may not have an article, but as named by the French, the name does indeed contain a definite article. 

Therefore in French it is ‘ aller à La Nouvelle-Orléans ‘ ou ‘ venir de La Nouvelle-Orléans ‘, as per the standard usage described in the lesson.

 https://www.neworleans.com/things-to-do/multicultural/cultures/french/

Usage of “à la”/“de la” with all feminine nouns vs feminine with article (New Orleans)

Why do you use “à la” with New-Orleans (On va à la Nouvelle-Orléans la semaine prochaine) if there is no article in the name of Nouvelle-Orléans? Is it because it’s a feminine noun? Do I have to use “à la” and “de la” with all feminine nouns OR only with the ones that start with the feminine articles?

 

 

 

 

 

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