Does habiter need a prepositionÉ

ChristopherC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Does habiter need a prepositionÉ

In my book 501 French verbs it teaches that the verb habiter doesn't require a preposition so, J'habite cette maison, is acceptable.  

Is "J'habite à [city] an exception?  Is "J'habite [city]" acceptable?
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TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Both "J'habite à [city]" and "J'habite [city]" are acceptable, although nowadays I seem to hear more of the former than the latter.

 

tom

ChristopherC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Sorry for the error in the title (forgot which keyboard I was using!) Does habiter need a preposition?
ChristopherC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Thanks.
AnneC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

J’habite Barcelone is marked wrong, tho’…

LeC1Kwiziq community member

Hawkins French Grammar & Usage  3rd ed says:  8.3.5 : "habiter is directly transitive (no preposition rquired)" and adds that it "also appears in constructions like habiter à la campagne, habiter en ville, habiter en France. Here à la campagne, en ville and en France are not objects but adverbials; they can co-occur with direct objects: habiter une petite maison à la campagne, habiter un bon quartier en ville, etc."   At 12.9, in the context of Infinitives in subordinate clauses, it includes "Habiter Paris est très agréable".  Schaum at p292 5th ed, says "habiter, demeurer and vivre all mean to live.  Habiter and demeurer mean to live, to dwell and are used with names of places. Il demeure à Paris.  Elle habite à Paris.  Habiter is sometimes used without a preposition.  Il habite l'Angleterre.  Il habite Paris."   Collins Le Robert dictionary says "habiter" means "to live in"  - the "in" here is not as significant as it seems, however, because it also has numerous examples of uses of the word with and without à .  

It seems that both are correct.

Does habiter need a prepositionÉ

In my book 501 French verbs it teaches that the verb habiter doesn't require a preposition so, J'habite cette maison, is acceptable.  

Is "J'habite à [city] an exception?  Is "J'habite [city]" acceptable?

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