Doubt in the phrases

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Varsha

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2019

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Doubt in the phrases

Bonjour Madame Cécile,

In the lesson, there are two sentences as-

“Je suis en classe.” And “Je suis dans la classe.” I am unable to understand the difference in both of them as how the first is a general statement and the second is for a specific location . Please expain the reason in a little detail. I will be really grateful.

Merci d’avance.

(Madame, I have gone through the discussions but am still perplexed.)

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

Chris

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2019

9/01/19

Je suis en classe. -- A student would say this when he is at school in general, attending classes.

Je suis dans la classe. -- This means that you are in the classroom.

Varsha

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2019

9/01/19

I would like some advice from Madame Cécile as well.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

10 January 2019

10/01/19

Hi Varsha,

I  will try and explain and hope you get it . It is very subtle but the difference in French between the two sentences is in the meaning.

‘Je suis en classe / en cours de danse’ means that you are in a dance lesson, stressing the activity.

‘Je suis dans la classe’ states where you are situated (in the classroom) not in the in the school yard for instance.

‘Je suis en prison’ puts the emphasis on the fact you are ‘incarcerated’  and not maybe visiting someone in prison.

In a business setting if you said, 

‘Je suis en réunion/ en conférence’.  It means you are in a meeting.

Hope his helps!

 

Varsha

Kwiziq community member

10 January 2019

10/01/19

Merci Madame Cécile. That was a very lucid explanation and as per your expectations , I have got it right.

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