FR: in + country / to + country - preposition

Discussion in 'French and English Grammar / Grammaire française et anglaise' started by Emily Lestranges, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. Emily Lestranges Member

    near the computer
    Canada, English
    hi again

    i was wondering, when you want to say 'in' a certain country, is it always, 'en', or does the preposition change with the gender of a country? For example, 'In Egypt', would it be en egypte, or dans egypte?
  2. Aupick

    Aupick Senior Member

    Strasbourg, France
    UK, English
    Your suspicions are correct: it depends on various factors, most notably gender:

    Feminine singular countries: en
    - en France
    Masculine singular countries beginning with a consonant: au
    - au Portugal
    Masculine singular countries beginning with a vowel: en
    - en Irak
    Plural countries: aux
    - aux États-Unis
    - aux Philippines

    Islands are all over the place. It's easier just not to go to any of them.
  3. Ramsay New Member

    English and Russian
    what if you were saying "to france"? would you say "a france"?

    sorry i dont know how to do accents
  4. anangelaway

    anangelaway Senior Member

    Good evening Ramsay! :) Welcome to the forums!
    If you were saying 'to France'', it would be ''en France.''

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