Preposition à

How to avoid making mistakes with the preposition à?

Do you know how to use the preposition à without doing any mistakes?

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The preposition à is used in many cases.


Easy French

à + le = au
à + les = aux


We use the preposition à for the places:

Je vais à Marseille
I am going to Marseille

Elle déménage à Moscou
She moves to Moscow

Nous allons à l’aéroport
We are heading to the airport

Tu m’attends à la gare ?
Will you wait for me at the station?

Ils étudient à la bibliothèque
They study in the library

Les enfants vont à l’école
Children go to school

Nous restons à la maison
We stay at home

Vous allez à la pharmacie ?
Are you going to the pharmacy?

Je suis au restaurant
I am at the restaurant

Elles vont aux Bahams
They go to Bahams

But sometimes we use some others prepositions, there are no rules. It’s necessary to learn by heart, there is no other solution, it’s necessary to read and practice daily:

Je suis dans la rue
I am in the street

Ils sont dans le bus
They are in the bus

Camille est dans sa chambre
Camille is in her room

Je t’attends sur le parking
I'm waiting for you in the parking lot

We put the preposition à after some verbs:

Elle parle à Coralie
She is speaking to Coralie

Ils ressemblent à leur mère
They look like their mothers

Je pense à toi
I'm thinking about you

Vous téléphonez à vos amis ?
Do you phone your friends?


Easy French

Ils téléphonent à son frère
He is phoning his brother

Elle appelle ses parents
She is phoning her parents


Tu as menti au professeur
You lied to the teacher

Je réponds à mes emails
I reply to my emails

Elle écrit à sa soeur
She is writing to her sister

Tu t’intéresses à la politique ?
Are you interested in politics?

Réussir à
To succeed in

We use the preposition à to designate someone:

Je prête mes chaussures à mon voisin
I lend my shoes to my neighbor

We use the preposition à to express possession:

C’est à moi
It’s mine

Ce vélo est à Mathieu
This bike belongs to Mathieu


Easy French

C’est le stylo de Sandrine
This is Sandrine’s pen


Others cases:

Manger à table
Eating at the table

C’est à 30 mètres
It’s 30 meters away

C’est à la mode
It's fashionable

Nous allons faire une balade à pied
We're going for a walk

Ok, on se voit demain, à demain !
Ok, see you tomorrow, see you tomorrow!

Une glace à la vanille
A vanilla ice cream

Une tasse à thé
A tea cup

How do you manage the preposition à while you are speaking, now? 😉

Thomas, your French teacher 😀

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