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J'habite à [city] = I live in [city]

Look at these questions:

Informal/singular questions:

Où habites-tu ?
Where do you live?

Tu habites où ?
Where do you live?

Formal/plural questions:

Où habitez-vous ?
Where do you live?

Vous habitez où ?
Where do you live?

Note that there are different ways to ask a question in French.

Now look at these answers:

J'habite à Paris.
I live in Paris.

J'habite à Londres.
I live in London.

J'habite à Atlanta.
I live in Atlanta.

To say which city you live in in French, you can use the verb habiter (to live [somewhere]) as such:

J'habite à + [city]

Note that je (= I) becomes j' in front of the mute h of habite.
See also Je becomes j' with verbs beginning with a vowel (elision) 

 

See more complex cases in Using 'à' (to/in) and 'de' (from/of) with cities (prepositions) 

See also the more advanced lesson on how to conjugate all six forms of habiter in Le Présent:
Conjugate regular -er verbs in Le Présent (present tense) 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources


Tu habites où ?
Where do you live?


J'habite à Londres.
I live in London.


Où habitez-vous ?
Where do you live?


J'habite à Paris.
I live in Paris.


Où habites-tu ?
Where do you live?


Vous habitez où ?
Where do you live?


J'habite à Hambourg.
I live in Hamburg.


J'habite à Lille.
I live in Lille.


J'habite à Atlanta.
I live in Atlanta.


Micro kwiz: J'habite à [city] = I live in [city]
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Q&A

Zahra

Kwiziq community member

1 April 2018

1 reply

vous habitez ou?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

1 April 2018

1/04/18

I don't know what your question is. Please repost it here. -- Chris. 

Louise

Kwiziq community member

24 February 2018

2 replies

Où habitez-vous?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

25 February 2018

25/02/18

Did you have a question relating to French?


-- Chris. 

Louise

Kwiziq community member

25 February 2018

25/02/18

Not really. Thank you for asking. Kind regards. Louise

Jb

Kwiziq community member

22 February 2018

1 reply

Vous habitez où Monsieur?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

23 February 2018

23/02/18

J'habite près de Vienne.


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Lesley

Kwiziq community member

12 December 2017

3 replies

Can you also say: Je vis dans Perth

Chris

Kwiziq community member

13 December 2017

13/12/17

"Je vis à Perth" would be the correct way.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 December 2017

13/12/17

Bonjour Lesley !

"Je vis dans Perth" would mean something different as it insists on the fact that you live inside the city, in the center of it, as opposed to in its suburbs, or just outside of it. And even then, you'd rather use "J'habite dans Perth.".

Bonne journée !

Lesley

Kwiziq community member

13 December 2017

13/12/17

Merci !

Rita

Kwiziq community member

6 December 2017

1 reply

I live in Oklahoma in the US. How do I say that?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

6 December 2017

6/12/17

Bonjour Rita !


Here is a link to our related lessons on states and countries in French:
https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/prepositions-with-regions-states-counties


https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/use-en-with-feminine-countries-and-aux-with-masculine-countries-to-say-in-or-to-prepositions


You would say: J'habite dans l'Oklahoma / en Oklahoma, aux États-Unis.



I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

1 December 2017

2 replies

Hi ... does this same (use of 'à) rule apply to towns and villages as well as cities?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

27 March 2018

27/03/18

Hi Stewart,


Yes indeed as Ron says, the rules will be the same for towns and villages.


You will use 'à ' or in the case of masculine names ´auand 


'aux' for plural names.


Just a few examples of these: 


j'habite  à Gordes, j'habite au Chesnay ( Le Chesnay ), j'habite au Pecq (Le Pecq) , j'habite aux Baux de Provence (les Baux de Provence)...


Hope this helps! 


 

Ron

Kwiziq community member

2 December 2017

2/12/17

Bonjour Stewart,
In a word, yes; the same rule applies for cities, towns and villages. This is a basic structure to discuss where one lives. As you progress, there will be other locales, i.e. regions, departments, etc. where the preposition changes. This lesson here is at the A0 level, hence the basic : J'habite à. . . structure. When one gets into the A1 level, you will find a different structure for stating certain areas where one lives.
J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderait.

amanda

Kwiziq community member

22 September 2017

2 replies

someone help im stuck

how do you take the big test again

Ron

Kwiziq community member

22 September 2017

22/09/17

Bonjour Amanda,
The lesson this relates to is the level A0. If you are testing at a different level, the instructions are the same:
1) go to your dashboard
2) scroll down to the area marked «CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE»
3) click on the «TEST NOW» button to the right of the level you want to test in, i.e. A0, A1, A2, etc.
J'espère que ma réponse vous aidera.
Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière et qui a été utilisé par le monde depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

23 September 2017

23/09/17

Bonjour Amanda,

The CEFR level test is only available once, when you first sign up for Kwiziq. Now that you've done that, KwizBot has created your personalized Studyplan, which you can find on your Dasbhoard. https://progress.lawlessfrench.com

NurHasya

Kwiziq community member

5 September 2017

1 reply

J'habite en malaisie.it is correct?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

5 September 2017

5/09/17

Bonjour NurHasya,
Votre phrase m'a l'air d'être exacte.
Bonne pratique !

stephen

Kwiziq community member

17 August 2017

2 replies

I answered " J'habite a Atlanta" why was I wrong?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

19 August 2017

19/08/17

Bonjour Stephen,
I just completed the same Micro-Quiz with the question about Atlanta «J'habite à Atlanta» and it was marked as correct. This certainly leaves me puzzled why your response would have been marked incorrect.

Bonne chance,

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

23 August 2017

23/08/17

Bonjour Stephen !

You seem to have forgotten the accent on "J'habite à Atlanta."

In French, the word a (without accent) is the verb avoir in Le Présent : he/she/it has, whereas à is a preposition = in/to. :)

Bonne journée !

Ashley

Kwiziq community member

15 July 2017

4 replies

Bonjour! J'habite en Virgine, aux États Unis.

Ron

Kwiziq community member

16 July 2017

16/07/17

Bonjour Ashley, j'habite au Texas. Avez-vous une question?

Ashley

Kwiziq community member

16 July 2017

16/07/17

Non, merci! I was just practicing like some of the others to make sure I was writing it correctly.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

17 July 2017

17/07/17

Bonjour Ashley !

Just a tiny typo: en Virginie :)

Bonne pratique !

Anyul

Kwiziq community member

5 August 2017

5/08/17

In French, to say which city you live in, you use J'habite à + the city.

So, the correct answer should be

J'habite à Virginie
Clever stuff underway!