A vs À when stating at a particular time.

MichaelA1Kwiziq community member

A vs À when stating at a particular time.

I know it is only correct to say Je vain manger à huit heures. However, in response to À quelle heure ?,  I've seen the phrase At nine o'clock written as both À neuf heures and A neuf heures. Are both A and À correct to use in this instance?

Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Michel, 

The general consensus is that you should use the accent on a capital letter (which can be tricky on your PC!) unless it is an acronym.

Hope this helps!

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Bonjour Michael,

"Je vais manger à huit heures"

What is required above is the preposition à (at) therefore "at what (which) hour"

À + [heure] = At + [time] in French?

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Bonne continuation.

Jim

A vs À when stating at a particular time.

I know it is only correct to say Je vain manger à huit heures. However, in response to À quelle heure ?,  I've seen the phrase At nine o'clock written as both À neuf heures and A neuf heures. Are both A and À correct to use in this instance?

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