Question about location preposition

JamesC1Kwiziq community member

Question about location preposition

The question was: "Les parents sont ____________ la Poste."  The hint sais that the parents were at the post office.  My response was "Les parents sont dans la Poste."  QUIZBOT said that the correct response is "Leas parenat sont a (with accent) la Poste.  Why is "dans" not correct?    

Asked 2 weeks ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi James, 

You would never say -

être dans la poste but à la poste.

If you wanted to specify 'inside' the post office you would use 'à l'intérieur '.

Bonne Continution !

 

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

James, 

‘ à la Poste ‘ and ‘ dans la Poste ‘ have the same difference in meaning in French as ‘ at the post office’ and ‘ in the post office ‘ do in English. 

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

To extend the discussion : 

 ‘ Dans le bureau de poste ‘ can be used for parcels etc, and  then there is a parcel collection service ‘ Retrait en poste ‘ ( or also ‘ retrait en ligne ‘ ). 

Prepositions !

 https://www.laposte.fr/conseils-pratiques/recuperez-vos-courriers-et-colis-apres-un-premier-passage-du-facteur

 https://www.wordreference.com/fren/retrait

Question about location preposition

The question was: "Les parents sont ____________ la Poste."  The hint sais that the parents were at the post office.  My response was "Les parents sont dans la Poste."  QUIZBOT said that the correct response is "Leas parenat sont a (with accent) la Poste.  Why is "dans" not correct?    

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