année vs an

CarlC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

année vs an

Why cette année instead of cet an?  

Asked 2 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Carl,

"An" has more of a "counting" notion to it (a time unit as per the lesson content) whilst "année" has more of 'descriptive' notion to it (length of time, the duration).

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I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Carl,

"Yes, this year, we can't go home ....."     The text is making reference to the current year in it's entirety not as 2021 in the sense of a 12 months period within the decade.

La année relates to the duration (the entirety of 12 months) whereas l'an refers to one of the 12 month periods within the decade.

This is the point to keep in mind.

Hope this helps.


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