Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Does à in French mean both 'in' and 'to'?

Je habite à London.  This means I live IN London.

Je vais à le parc.  This means I'm going TO the park.

In both cases, 'à' was used.  Does 'à' have different meanings depending on the sentence?

2 Answers

  • 2 months ago
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    _ You need to say: 

    '' J'habite à Londres '' /  I live in London ''.

    The pronouns Je, le, la, me, te, se, elide in front of a silent h, i.e. they take the form j', l', m', t' and s' as if the h were invisible and the pronoun was directly in front of a vowel (a, e, i, o, u, y).


    The preposition ' à / to ' is used with feminine place names when it is not a person. - Exemples:

    _ Je vais à la plage /I'm going to the beach. 

    _ Il va à la boulangerie / He goes to the bakery.

    * But:

    _ Je vais au parc.The preposition 'au' is used with place names in the masculine form, when it is not a person. Like in your second example ( je vais au parc).Another exemple:_  Il va au boulodrome / He goes to the bowling alley.Thus the preposition ' à ' to contract into: ' au ', when one wants to say: ' à le ', or into ' aux ' instead of: ' à les '. Ex for this last case: 

    _ Je vais aux USA / I'm going to the USA. ( USA is plural, that is why it's ' aux ', and not ' au ' ... 

  • John P
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Indeed different meanings. As you progress further in any language you will find instances of words needing several words in a different language, and other words needing two or three words in English.

    For instance: Jesus saves, a paramedic saves, I save money in a bank, lifeboat crews save lives at sea. In many other languages different words translate 'save' in those different types of events.

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