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prépositions + pays

03 jan. 2018 14:23 - dorine

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Do you know why french people say “Je vais EN France” but “Je vais AU Brésil”? Like any inanimate object, countries also have genders in French.

1) When the name of a region ends in an E, it’s usually feminine.
(La France, l’Angleterre, la Suisse, la Chine, l’Inde..)
If you use the verbs "habiter, être, voyager, aller...), you have to use EN
ex: "Je vais en France." "J'habite en Italie"

(There are many exceptions though, such as Le Mexique, Le Maine, Le Cambodge

2) When the name of a country ends in any other vowel but E, or a consonant, it’s usually masculine.
(Le Canada, le Japon, le Portugal, le Brésil)
If you use the verbs "habiter, être, voyager, aller...), you have to use AU
ex: "Je vais au Brésil." "Je voyage au Maroc"

Careful!!!! When a masculine country starts with a vowel or an H, use the rules of the feminine countries
L’Iran, l’Ouganda, Oman, Angola, Israël

3) Plural names
A few names of regions are plural.
(Les États-Unis, les Maldives, les Pays-Bas, Les Philippines…)

You have to use AUX
ex: Je vais aux Etats-Unis.

Questions

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