Using en or dans

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10 January 2018

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Using en or dans

In the writing challenge "A lousy date" Why is 'in a club' translated as "en boîte", while 'in a bar' is translated as "dans un bar". Thank you


Kwiziq community member

11 January 2018


The term "en boîte" means "canned" as in "canned food". This meaning has been transposed to a new context: "aller en boîte" means to go clubbing, to hit the dance floors, to go for a bop (British). Therefore the use of "en" in this context is purely idiomatic.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

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