Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

French "de la/le, du..." and "a la/le, au..." help?

can someone please explain when you would use "au" instead of "a la/le/l' " as well as "du" instead of "de la/le/l '"?

Would you ever see "de les" or would it always be "des"??


for example in this sentence from a book "il a oublie d'encaisser quelques cheques de voyage a la gare"

Why didn't they write "au" gare?

9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    You always replace "à le" (but not à l' ") with "au", "de le" with "du" and "de les" with "des".

    You keep "à la", " à l' " , "de la" and "de l' ". "Au" is only for masculine.

  • isela
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Le In French

  • 3 years ago

    Au French

  • 1 decade ago

    In the example you gave, they didn't use "au" because, "au" only replaces a + le (with masculine), but a + la is not changed.

    a + la = a la

    a + le = au

    a + l' = a l'

    a + les = aux

    de + la = de la

    de + le = du

    de + l' = de l'

    de + les = des

    basically there's not a certain time when you would or wouldn't replace de la/le/l' or a la/le/l', it just depends what combination you have, some you always replace, some never.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    de le=du

    a le=au

    de la= same

    a la= same

    de les=des

    a les=aux

  • 1 decade ago

    There is no such thing as à le or à les, would be au and aux. À la gare is because gare is feminine. For example LA gare de L´Est (just imagine the circonflexe on the gare, couldn´t find it on my keyboard.)

  • 1 decade ago

    Au is the masculine version of a la

    Du is the masculine version of de la

    You use Au and Du if it is followed by a masculine subject.

    Source(s): being a fellow French student
  • JJ
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    G of G is, of course right. The only time you see 'de le' and 'de les' is in constructions like: 'J'ai envie de le faire' = I want to do it; 'elle a besoin de les voir' = she needs to see them.

    Well - you did ask 'would you ever see . . .?'

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you usually use au for sports for example je joue au volley ( i play volleyball). it is also used for masculine items...good luck!

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