Use of EN and not DANS in the 'Transport' section above.

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Stewart

Kwiziq community member

6 June 2018

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Use of EN and not DANS in the 'Transport' section above.

In he lessson: 'Monter can be used with avoir or être in Le Passé Composé... and changes meaning', the following example is given that uses EN not DANS.

Nous sommes tous montés EN voiture.

Could you please explain why DANS is not used as the 'Transport' section above states that DANS should be used.

Thank you.

This relates to:
Dans, sur with streets and transportation (prepositions) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 June 2018

6/06/18

There is a no real difference in meaning between using en voiture and dans la voiture. They are synonymous.

But not so using aller. 

Nous sommes allés en voiture. -- We went by car.

Nous sommes allés dans la voiture. -- We went in the car. 

-- Chris (not a native speaker)..

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

6 June 2018

6/06/18

Thanks Chris, I now understand.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

8 June 2018

8/06/18

Hi Stewart, 

If I may just add...

"Nous sommes tous montés en voiture." would translate, "We all climbed into the car.".

The expression here is 'monter en voiture'.

When you use 'dans' , it often means inside in English .

J'ai laissé mon sac dans la voiture. (I left my bag in the car.)

Les enfants sont dans la voiture. ( The children are in the car.)

'En' is most used for modes of transportation 

Nous y sommes allés en voiture. (We went there by car.)

Hope his helps!

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