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Monter dans, descendre de = To get on, off transportation (prepositions)

Look at these sentences:

Je monte dans le train.
I'm getting on the train.

Aurélie descend de l'avion.
Aurélie is getting off the plane.

Allez, monte dans la voiture!
Come on, get in the car!

Les enfants descendent de la voiture.
The kids are getting out of the car.

 

Note that you use:

monter dans to describe getting on or in [a mode of transport]

descendre de to describe getting off or out of [a mode of transport]


ATTENTION: de becomes du or des when followed by le or les, and d' in front of un/une:

Ils descendaient tous des voitures garées là.
They were all getting out of the cars parked there.

Alana est descendue du train juste à temps.
Alana got off the train just in time.

J'ai vu Sharon Stone descendre d'une limousine.
I saw Sharon Stone get out of a limo.

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Examples and resources

Nous sommes descendus de la montgolfière.
We got off the air balloon.


Les passagers descendirent du Titanic, sains et saufs.
The passengers got off the Titanic, safe and sound.


Allez, monte dans la voiture!
Come on, get in the car!


Alana est descendue du train juste à temps.
Alana got off the train just in time.


Les enfants descendent de la voiture.
The kids are getting out of the car.


Ils descendaient tous des voitures garées là.
They were all getting out of the cars parked there.


J'ai vu Sharon Stone descendre d'une limousine.
I saw Sharon Stone get out of a limo.


dans


Je monte dans le train.
I'm getting on the train.


de


Aurélie descend de l'avion.
Aurélie is getting off the plane.


Q&A

Jill

Kwiziq community member

11 May 2018

1 reply

Button not working

I've revisted this quiz several times and each time I try to click on the "next" button nothing happens.  All of the rest of my quizes are fine.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 May 2018

11/05/18

Bonjour Jill !


Thanks for reporting a technical issue.
In this case, we need you to use the Report button linked to the specific test you're mentioning, so that we can see it specifically, and look into it for you.


Thank you very much!

Gerry

Kwiziq community member

27 March 2018

1 reply

Using etre for the passe compose of descendre

Chris

Kwiziq community member

27 March 2018

27/03/18

Please repost your question here. -- Chris.

Steven

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2017

2 replies

Bonjour. Le fichier audio est incorrect pour "Nous sommes descendus de la montgolfière."

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Steven

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2017

9/01/17

For some reason the rest of my comment was truncated. Should be "Il dit 'Nous avons debarqué de l'avion.'"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

9 January 2017

9/01/17

Bonjour Steven !

Thank you very much for letting us know !
The bad sound files have now been replaced :)

Merci et bonne année !

Kwiziq community member

25 December 2016

1 reply

On a écrit: "Allez, monte dans la voiture!"

mais je me demande si cela devrait être "Allez, montez ..."?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

27 December 2016

27/12/16

Bonjour zizi !

You are not wrong here, as both sentences would be perfectly correct: "monte" would address one person in an informal way, and "montez" would address either several people, or one person in an formal way.
The use of "allez" here is colloquial, and doesn't necessarily match the number of people spoken to.
This is just the way to say "Come on!".

I hope that's helpful!
Bonnes Fêtes et à bientôt !
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