Contracted articles in french

  • Contracted articles in french 170 / articles contractes in french 40 / article contracte french 70

Contractions of the Definite Article
The definite article contracts with a` (to, at) and de ( from, about, of ) in the following way:
à + le = au
a` þ les ¼ aux

a` þ la do not contract
a` þ l’ do not contract
Je vais au muse´ e. I am going to the museum.
Je parle aux garc¸ons. I am speaking to the boys.
Je parle aux e´ le`ves. I am speaking to the pupils.
Je vais a` la pharmacie. I am going to the pharmacy.
Je parle a` l’e´tudiant. I am speaking to the student.
J’arrive a` l’hoˆ pital. I am arriving at the hospital.
de þ le ¼ du
de þ les ¼ des
de þ la do not contract
de þ l’ do not contract
Je parle du garc¸on. I am speaking about the boy.
Je parle des garc¸ons. I am speaking about the boys.
Je parle des e´tudiants. I am speaking about the students.
Je parle de la fille. I am speaking about the girl.
Je parle de l’e´ le`ve. I am speaking about the student.
Quel est le nom du livre? What is the name of the book?

Note the liaison between aux and des and a noun that begins with a vowel.
Je parle aux^e´ le` ves.
Je parle des^e´tudiants.

 

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