What is the difference between 'd'en face' and 'en face'?

TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

What is the difference between 'd'en face' and 'en face'?

Could you have said 'le mur en face' instead of 'le mur d'en face'?

Asked 1 year ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Tom,

I understand that    Le mur en face --> The wall opposite

and   Le mur d'en face --> The opposite wall

What did you guess is the difference?

Does this help?

Jim

TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

That seems like a nice explanation, Jim. I wonder how you would describe it grammatically?

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes!  I'm thinking that d'en includes the preposition de which translates to "the wall (from) opposite" 

Does that help?

Jim.

TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes, I think that's probably it. Thanks, Jim.

What is the difference between 'd'en face' and 'en face'?

Could you have said 'le mur en face' instead of 'le mur d'en face'?

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