Getting started with French 3
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Getting started with French 3

3.1 Prepositions with du, de la, de l’, and des

Now have a go at Activity 8.

Activity 8

Read the following expressions and write down whether the nouns in bold are masculine or feminine, singular or plural. What do you notice about the spelling of the nouns which follow de l’? If necessary, check in your dictionary the meaning of the prepositional phrases used.

en face des toilettes

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en face des toilettes (feminine, plural)

à gauche de la mairie

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à gauche de la mairie (feminine, singular)

à côté du musée

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à côté du musée (masculine, singular)

au coin de l’avenue

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au coin de l’avenue (feminine, singular, starts with a vowel)

près de l’hôtel

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près de l’hôtel (masculine, singular, starts with the ‘silent’ letter ‘h’)

à droite de l’école

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à droite de l’école (feminine, singular, starts with a vowel)

loin de l’hôpital

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loin de l’hôpital (masculine, singular, starts with the ‘silent’ letter ‘h’)

en face du lycée

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en face du lycée (masculine, singular)

The phrases expressing location (à droite, à gauche, en face, à côté, au coin, près, loin) can be used on their own, but if they are followed by a place, they need to be followed by de. This becomes du, de la, de l’ or des according to the gender and number of the word which follows:

  • Masculine: à côté du musée (masculine, singular)
  • Feminine: à gauche de la mairie (feminine, singular)
  • Masculine or feminine starting with a vowel or a ‘silent’ letter ‘h’:
    • au coin de l’avenue (feminine, singular, starts with a vowel)

    • près de l’hôtel (masculine, singular, starts with the ‘silent’ letter ‘h’)

  • Plural: en face des toilettes (feminine, plural)

Activity 9

Using drag and drop, fill in the gaps with the correct form: du, de la, de l’ or des.

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Combining what you have learnt so far in this course, now have a go at Activity 10.

Activity 10

Listen to the recording. You will hear a question and a prompt, say your answers aloud in the gaps (you can pause the recording if necessary). Then listen to the model answer.

Exemple

  • (You hear) La cathédrale, c’est où?
  • (You hear) (in front of the library)
  • (You say) La cathédrale est en face de la bibliothèque
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Transcript

1La cathédrale, c’est où?

(in front of library)

La cathédrale est en face de la bibliothèque.

2La banque, c’est où ?

(next to the cinema)

La banque est à côté du cinéma.

3La poste, c’est où ?

(near the police station)

La poste est près de la gendarmerie.

4La gare, c’est où ?

(to the left of the tourist office)

La gare est à gauche de l’office de tourisme.

5Le théâtre, c’est où ?

(near the museum)

Le théâtre est près du musée.

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Discussion

Listen again to the recording to check your answers.

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