FR: 9h du soir / au soir

Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by hangroooooo, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. hangroooooo New Member

    I learned these sentences
    " Il est neuf heures moins le quart du soir."
    & " Au matin, Pierre mange la viande."

    and i think both words present specific time,
    but don't get when can i use 'au' and 'du'

    what is difference in between them???
  2. All in One Senior Member


    Du soir / matin is used when referring to the time on the clock, eg. 7 heures du soir, 3 heures du matin (7PM, 3AM).

    Otherwise it's mostly le soir / le matin. "Le matin, Pierre mange de la viande."
    Au is rarer.
  3. snarkhunter

    snarkhunter Senior Member

    France, Région parisienne
    French - France
    Hello, and welcome to this forum,

    Using "au" is generally a way of referring to a longer period of time that ends with the said moment.

    "Au soir" = at the end of the day, when night is beginning to fall

    "Au matin" = at daybreak (so, as the night is ending)
  4. hangroooooo New Member

    so, does "le" is also better in official ?? like the academical writing??

    thank you so much it's helpful
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 21, 2013
  5. All in One Senior Member

    Yes, both in speaking and writing it's le matin / le soir, but there are more formal phrases too.
  6. Maître Capello

    Maître Capello Mod et ratures

    Suisse romande
    French – Switzerland

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