"A" or "À"

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  • Léa123

    Senior Member
    French - France
    Placed in the begining of a sentence, it will always be "à". "a" without an accent is a verb.

    A good way to know for sure (I learned that in school!!) : If you can replace the word "a" by "avoir", there should be no accent, as it indicates it is the verb. If you can't, you should put the accent.

    -Je vais à l'école. "avoir" l'école is wrong, so an accent should be placed on the "a".
    -Elle a l'air heureuse. "avoir l'air heureuse" is correct. There should be no accent there.

    I hope it makes sense!

    edit: oups! I didn't understand your question right! Sorry about that! As a capital letter, both are correct as cropje jnr mentionned.

    Punky Zoé

    Senior Member
    France - français

    The rule says "yes", the habit, at least in France "it depends" ! :D .

    It was just to summarize that looooooong thread ! :rolleyes: (which shows how complicated it is ...)

    As for me, I didn't learn the rule at school or later, but since I went on WRF I began to accentuate capitals.

    Dr. Baha'i

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Likewise, the capitalized equivalent of é does not have to have an accent. I'm not sure about the tréma (umlaut), though. And I'm reasonably sure that c with cedilla has to keep its tail as a capital.
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