Difference between dans, en, a, and aux (French)?

They all mean "in" and I'm confused as to when to use them

Dans= objects?

En= country?

A= street?

Aux= ??????????

Using rosetta stone and its often confusing

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  • Rodica
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    EN, préposition

    Temporality:

    J'ai peint ce tableau EN deux heures.

    I painted it IN two hours.

    Manner:

    Je viens en ami. - I come as a friend

    Je voyage en voiture. - I travel by car

    Material:

    Une bague en or - A gold ring

    Place: Il va en Afrique. He goes to Africa

    Duration of accomplishment:

    Il a fini en deux heures - He finished in two hours

    Concomitance:

    Il parle en marchant

    Prends un café en attendant = have a cup of coffee while you're waiting

    À, preposition:

    Place: J’habite à Paris

    Direction: Je vais à Paris

    Moment: Je serai chez toi à 4 heures

    Goal:

    Manner:

    Possession: Ce jouet est à Paul.

    Relation:

    Price: Des livres à dix dollars.

    Container / purpose: Une cuiller à soupe - One tablespoon

    À + article (le, la, l’__, les)

    à + le = au (le parc)

    à + la = no contraction

    à + l’__ = no contraction

    à + les = aux (jeux Olympiques)

    DANS: http://www.wordreference.com/fren/dans

    A dictionary is very useful too.

    Here you can tape any topic you need: ("en, à, dans", for exemple or "prepositions")

    http://french.about.com/

  • 8 years ago

    Hi,

    Dans : for general cases.

    Dans mon coeur (in my heart)

    dans ma rue (in my street)

    For country.. :

    Au : masculin noun starting with a consomn.

    Un voyage au bresil (a trip in Brasil)

    Aux : for plural:

    Je vis aux Etats unis (I live in United States)

    En : for feminine and masculine noun starting with a vowel

    Je vis en France (I live in France)

    en Iran

    en allemagne (in Germany)

    en belgique (in Belgium)

    à : for a city

    Je vais à Paris

    Hope It helps.

    Here is a link (in french), you will find many examples:

    http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=23...

    Source(s): I'm French
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