A vs. DE - French prepositions
When should you use A vs. DE? How do these two French prepositions work?
AUDIO below, with Anne's French accent
The two prepositions À and DE are always tricky to use. Let's see how to use A vs. DE.
I believe you are safe to think that
À is AT, TO
DE is FROM and OF
- Je vais à Paris. ≠ Je viens de Paris.
I go/am going to Paris. ≠ I come/am coming from Paris.
- Il est à l’école. ≠ Il est membre de FE.
He’s at school. ≠ He’s a member of FE.
- Nous irons de Paris à Nice.
We’ll go from Paris to Nice.
However, there are subtleties. For instance, do you say "Le livre est difficile à/de lire."?
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