Question about the use of "dans le" with country names.

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27 February 2019

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Question about the use of "dans le" with country names.

I was always taught (from textbooks, profs, etc) to use "en" with French countries/states/provinces that end in -e or start with a vowel sound and are singular. "Aux" with plural names, and au for the rest--with the exception of Mexique which uses "au" though it ends in -e. Oh, and à with cities. 

Is this "dans le" thing a change in how the language is done or a regional peculiarity or what?

This question relates to:
French lesson "En, dans = In, to with regions, states, counties (prepositions)"


Kwiziq language super star

3 March 2019


Hi Boschmann,

If you read the Q&A section at the bottom of this lesson, you will see that there are lots of cases to use ‘dans le’ ,mainly for regions and counties.

This is not a regional peculiarity.

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