How will I know when "the" can be replaced with "au". Finding this a bit confusing.

How will I know when "the" can be replaced with "au". Finding this a bit confusing.

This question relates to:French lesson "the crossroads"
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

Hi Melanie,

"au" is actually a contraction of the preposition "à" with the article "le": à+le = au.

Tu vois le carrefour? -- Do you see the crossroads?
Je vais au travail. (à le = au) -- I am going to work.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

How will I know when "the" can be replaced with "au". Finding this a bit confusing.

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