I don't understand the explanation

TiborB2Kwiziq community member

I don't understand the explanation

It says: 

You use à when describing going to or being in a city.  

And you use de to indicate being, coming or returning from a city. 

So then how do you decide if you want to express being in a city since you use both de and à?

Asked 2 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Tibor, 

I can see why you would be confused. You would only use 'de' with the verb 'être' when you want to say where you were born really -

J'habite à Chartres mais je suis de Versailles I live in Chartres but I come from Versailles 

Je suis à Londres = I am in London 

Je suis de Londres I am from London

Prepositions are difficult as in French we often use different ones from the ones used in English.

Hope this helps!

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Tibor,

"You use à when describing going to or being in a city."  

In the case above à represents "to" or "at"

 "de to indicate being, coming or returning from a city."   

In this case above "de" represents "from" or "of origin"

It can be tricky I agree, but these two prepositions have multiple meanings depending upon the context, so I suggest that you study each in any quality dictionary.

Hope this helps

Bonne continuation.

Jim

SusanB2Kwiziq community member

À is used to express being IN a city. De is used to express being FROM a city. In other words, two different states of BEING

SusanB2Kwiziq community member

À is used to express being IN a city. De is used to express being FROM a city. In other words, two different states of BEING

I don't understand the explanation

It says: 

You use à when describing going to or being in a city.  

And you use de to indicate being, coming or returning from a city. 

So then how do you decide if you want to express being in a city since you use both de and à?

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