bonsoir!pourquoi ¨je vais en ville

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Kwiziq community member

8 December 2017

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bonsoir!pourquoi ¨je vais en ville

Mais ¨Je vais au soupermarchè

This question relates to:
French lesson "En vs dans with locations (prepositions)"


Kwiziq community member

9 December 2017


Bonjour Anastasio, C'est une très bonne question. J'ai fait une recherche de fichiers sur le Web et je n'en a pas trouvé la bonne réponse. Bonne chance,


Kwiziq community member

10 December 2017


Je vais en ville. -- I go into town.

The "en" connotes a more general location than "à" or "dans".
Another example of the same ilk:

Je suis en classe. -- I am in class.
Je suis dans la classe. -- I am in the classroom.

Je vais au supermarché -- I go to the supermarket.

This is a very specific location you are referring to: hence "à" and not "en". Yet another example:

Je vais venir en voiture. -- I am going to come by car.
Je suis dans la voiture. -- I am in the car.

I hope this helps to elucidate the difference in meaning.

-- Chris (not a native speaker but one who loves infrequently used English words. :)


Kwiziq language super star

11 December 2017


Bonjour Anastasio! 

To complete Chris's answer :)

"en" and "au" mean two different things here:

en = (in)to, in

au = to the, in the

Here are links to our related lessons:

I hope that's helpful!

À bientôt !

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