Can I say "Je vais du cinéma" instead of "Je viens du cinéma" ?

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valentina

Kwiziq community member

1 August 2017

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Can I say "Je vais du cinéma" instead of "Je viens du cinéma" ?

Or: "Je viens au restaurant" instead of "Je vais au restaurant" ?

This relates to:
À + le = au, à + les = aux, de + le = du, de + les = des (contractions of articles) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

3 August 2017

3/08/17

Je vais au cinema is I am going to the cinema but Je viens du cinema is I am coming from the cinema. These two articles have different senses and therefore are not interchangeable without changing the complete meaning of the phrase.

valentina

Kwiziq community member

3 August 2017

3/08/17

Merci, but my question was about verbs, not articles with prepositions. In English, we may say I'm coming to (not from) the cinema and I'm going to the cinema. Is it possible in French?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

9 August 2017

9/08/17

Bonjour Valentina !

The answer is yes: just like in English, you will use aller and venir depending on where you situate yourself in the context.

I come to the restaurant. (Je viens au restaurant) would mean that the person you're talking to is already at the restaurant and you see yourself as coming towards them for example.

In the case of I go from the cinema, in French you will to add a destination, as always with the verb aller.
For example:
Je vais du cinéma à chez toi. (I'm going from the cinema to your place.)

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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