Monday, November 25, 2019
French Prepositions with Geographical Names
French Prepositions with Geographical Names Deciding which FrenchÃ prepositionÃ to use with countries, cities, and otherÃ geographical namesÃ can be somewhat confusing, at least until now! This lesson will explain which prepositions to use and why. Gendered Nouns Like all FrenchÃ nouns, geographical names like countries, states, and provinces have aÃ gender. Knowing the gender of each geographical name is the first step in determining which preposition to use. As a general guideline, geographical names which end inÃ eÃ areÃ feminine, while those that end in any other letter are masculine. There are, of course, exceptions which simply have to be memorized. See the individual lessons for explanations of the gender of each geographical name. Examples In English, we use three different prepositions with geographical names, depending on what we are trying to say. Je vaisÃ enÃ FranceIm goingÃ toÃ FranceJe suisÃ enÃ FranceImÃ inÃ FranceJe suisÃ deÃ FranceImÃ fromÃ France However, in French numbers 1 and 2 take theÃ sameÃ preposition. Whether you are goingÃ to France or you areÃ inÃ France, the same preposition is used. Thus in French there are only two prepositions to choose from for each type of geographical name. The difficulty lies in knowing which preposition to use for a city vs a state vs a country.