Expressing distance '(at) ... km from ...' = à ... de ... (prepositions)

In French, to say that a place or a person is (at) a certain distance  from somewhere, you use the expression:

 à [distance] de [lieu]
Look at these examples:

Je suis à 5 minutes de Paris.
I'm at 5 minutes from Paris.

Tu habites à 10km de Lille.
You live 10km from Lille.

Note that the distance can be expressed as a duration5 minutes from Paris - or as a physical distance - 5 km from Paris.

ATTENTION:

In French, you must always use à before the distance:

Je suis cinq minutes de Paris. -> Je suis à cinq minutes de Paris. 

Note also that when locations are introduced by the definite articles le and lesde contracts into du and des 

Je suis à 5 minutes du cinéma.
I'm 5 minutes from the cinema.

L'école est à 15 minutes des magasins.
The school is 15 minutes from the shops.

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Je suis à 5 minutes de Paris.
I'm at 5 minutes from Paris.


Tu habites à 10km de Lille.
You live 10km from Lille.


Je suis à 5 minutes du cinéma.
I'm 5 minutes from the cinema.


L'école est à 15 minutes des magasins.
The school is 15 minutes from the shops.


Q&A

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

11 September 2018

3 replies

I’m vs kilometres

I was marked “almost right” when I used ‘kilometres’ instead of ‘km’.  Do you always abbreviate distances?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 September 2018

11/09/18

Are you sure you spelled it correctly (kilomètres)?

Marnie

Kwiziq community member

12 September 2018

12/09/18

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

12 September 2018

12/09/18

Bonjour Marnie !

I've had a look at your Correction Board, and Chris's intuition was right: you forgot the accent on "kilometres", hence the Nearly Correct mark :)

When reporting about specific scoring issues, please use the "Report it" button in your Correction Board, which sends us a link straight to the question you're referring to :)

Bonne journée !

Louise

Kwiziq community member

27 May 2017

3 replies

In the quiz it marked wrong when I spelled out dix minutes. in the answer it had 10 mins

Ron

Kwiziq community member

30 May 2017

30/05/17

Bonjour Louise, I think your response is correct and this does seem to be a programming miscue. I am not aware of any grammar rule that requires to use the number (10) in lieu of spelling it out. Bonne chance. Ron

Chuck

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2017

4/11/17

I was marked wrong when I spelled out dix minutes but it was because I misspelled Marseille. That was explained to me when I reported the issue.

Bonnie

Kwiziq community member

23 June 2018

23/06/18

And I wrote dix minuts, forgetting the final e of minutes, It seems to me that mispellings like that and Marseille spelled wrong should be yellow errors, not red.

Mark

Kwiziq community member

7 March 2017

5 replies

This doesn't quite seem like a reasonable thing to count as a miss:

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

7 March 2017

7/03/17

Bonjour Mark ! Unfortunately, I cannot see which question you're referring to when you contact us through the Q&A section. If you have a specific question-related issue, please click the "Report it" button next to the relevant question in your Correction Board. À bientôt !

Bonnie

Kwiziq community member

23 June 2018

23/06/18

Mes parents habitent ________ .My parents live ten minutes from Marseille

Bonnie

Kwiziq community member

23 June 2018

23/06/18

Since it's written out in English, you'd expect to write it out in French.

Bonnie

Kwiziq community member

23 June 2018

23/06/18

Since it's written out in English, you'd expect that it should be written out in French.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 June 2018

25/06/18

Bonjour Bonnie !

I've had a look at your Correction Board, and the reason you were marked down is that you wrote "à dix minuts de Marseille" which was incorrect.
"à dix minutes de Marseille" as well as other alternatives are accepted as correct by the system :)

For similar questions, in the future please use the "Report it" button in your Correction Board, as it links directly to the specific quiz take you're referring to, and makes it easier for us to answer you :)

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