The basic lesson here is very easily understood: regions/states/counties are either feminine, masculine, or plural, (just as countries and continents). "En" is used to express "in/to" with feminine regions/states/counties ; "dans le" is used to express "in/to" with masculine regions/states/counties. Suisse cantons have their own system which is also very clear.
I think the challenge all of us learners are having is knowing whether an area is masculine or feminine. I was able to answer both questions in my first test of this lesson only because I was familiar with la Bretagne, (from "la Grande Bretagne"); and having lived in Nimes and Montpellier as an exchange student, (many, many years ago), I remembered that it was "Le Rousillon"
Is there a website or a list somewhere of all the U.S. states, the provinces and regions of France, Canada, Great Britain, etc. and their genders? It would be immensely helpful. For example, I learned from the lesson examples that Illinois and New Jersey are masculine, but I don't know about the state of Missouri where I live, (just across the Mississippi from Illinois).
Thank you for your help. Even though it is a bit challenging, this is a great topic.
What I would suggest is to do a search as if you were going to visit the USA as a French person.
My question was - visiter les Etats-Unis
and this one came up -
but there will be others. and make yourself a list of the states you are particularly, interested in like
You will soon find out whether they are masculine or feminine.
Hope this helps!
You might find this link and the others from it helpful:-
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