Use of sur ?

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Stewart

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23 June 2018

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Use of sur ?

In 'Lawless French - Grammar Lessons there is the following example denoting 'going to' that uses SUR not À.

un vol SUR Paris > a flight to Paris

'sur' is not mentioned in the lesson above, could you please explain.

This relates to:
Using 'à' (to/in) and 'de' (from/of) with cities (prepositions) -

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

3 July 2018

3/07/18

Hi Stewart ,

Yes you can also say "Un vol pour Paris" or "un vol sur Paris" .

It reminds me of the film/book  'Un taxi pour Tobrouk'.

I personally think of 'sur' as 'in the direction of' -

i.e. "Demain je vais sur Paris."

Just another way of expressing where you are going.

Hope this helps!

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

3 July 2018

3/07/18

Thanks Cécile.

Presumably you can also say 'Un vol à Paris.'

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

4 July 2018

4/07/18

Not really, in this case, you would have to say 'Un vol de Londres à Paris" which is often abbreviated to 'Londres-Paris'.

The à in your example (and in the lesson) stands for 'in' .

Hope this helps!

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

4 July 2018

4/07/18

Hi Cécile

From reading the lesson I had thought that because you could say: Je vais à Paris (I'm going to Paris), you could also say Un vol à Paris (a flight to Paris ... which in a complete sentence might read "the next day I took a flight to Paris) which I can now see would not be correct.

Thanks

Stewart

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

5 July 2018

5/07/18

...It would be  "Le jour suivant j'ai pris un vol pour Paris"

"J'ai acheté mon vol à Paris" would be "I bought my flight in Paris."

Bonne continuation!

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