Prepositions with seasons: en, l', au

Look at the examples using the four seasons: 

En hiver, je vais skier.
In winter, I go skiing.

En été, je mange beaucoup de glaces!
In summer, I eat a lot of ice cream!

En automne, les feuilles tombent des arbres.
In autumn, leaves fall from the trees.

Au printemps, on se sent heureux.
In spring, we feel happy.


Notice that to say "in" followed by a season, you use en for the seasons that start with a vowel or mute 'h' (été / automne / hiver), and au for printemps.

All seasons are masculine in French.

Note that you can also use l' to say 'in' with été / automne / hiver
(BUT printemps can only use au).

L'été, on bronze sur la plage.
In summer, we tan on the beach.

L'automne, on retourne à l'école.
In autumn, we go back to school.

L'hiver, il fait très froid.
In winter, it's very cold.

 

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L'été, on bronze sur la plage.
In summer, we tan on the beach.


En été, je mange beaucoup de glaces!
In summer, I eat a lot of ice cream!


En automne, les feuilles tombent des arbres.
In autumn, leaves fall from the trees.


Vive le temps, vive le temps,
Vive le temps d'hiver,

Long live the weather, long live the weather,
Long live the winter weather,


L'automne, on retourne à l'école.
In autumn, we go back to school.


L'hiver, il fait très froid.
In winter, it's very cold.


En hiver, je vais skier.
In winter, I go skiing.


Au printemps, on se sent heureux.
In spring, we feel happy.


Q&A

Johnny

Kwiziq community member

25 July 2016

2 replies

D' and du

The lesson doesn't mention d' and du at all, yet they're in the title. Is there something I should know about d' and du with seasons? Thanks.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 July 2016

25/07/16

Bonjour Johnny !

Thanks so much for pointing this out: we've now removed these superfluous mentions from this lesson's title.

Merci encore et à bientôt !

Anish

Kwiziq community member

29 June 2017

29/06/17

Hi Aurélie, there is one remaining-
Vive le temps, vive le temps,Vive le temps d'hiver,

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