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Something on a body part

AshC1Kwiziq community member

Something on a body part

Hi there,


When speaking about an object or something being on a body part, do we always use "à"+le/la/les?

example: " ...une plaie immense au bras gauche".

What does it mean if you say  ".... une plaie immense "sur" son bras gauche"

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Ash,

As you will already be aware, prepositions often don't match their English equivalent.

In this case -

avoir une plaie à une partie du corps to have a wound on part of your body 

uses 'à' in French and 'on' in English 

j'ai une plaie au front = I have a wound on my forehead

j'ai une plaie à la hanche = I have a wound on my hip

j'ai une plaie à l'œil = I have a wound on my eye

it works like avoir mal à which is in the following Kwiziq lesson -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/avoir-mal-a-to-be-in-pain-to-hurt-somewhere

Bonne Continuation!

Something on a body part

Hi there,


When speaking about an object or something being on a body part, do we always use "à"+le/la/les?

example: " ...une plaie immense au bras gauche".

What does it mean if you say  ".... une plaie immense "sur" son bras gauche"

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