boite aux bijoux

CarolC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

boite aux bijoux

as jewellery is plural why is a used rather than aux?

Asked 3 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Carol,

à indicates what something is designed for even if they are plural - see examples below: 

une boîte à outils a toolbox

une boîte à bijoux a jewellery box

une brosse à dents a toothbrush

aux ( à l' - à la - au) is usually used in expressions with food (meaning with - flavoured with) as Jim suggested.  

une tarte aux pommes = an apple tart

Although you can find 'une boîte à/aux lettres' (= a letterbox)- see link here: une-boite-aux-lettres-une-boite-a-lettres

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Carol,

As you are probably aware, à can take a number of meanings one of which is "avec".

So "boîte à les (aux) bijoux" represents "box with pieces of jewellery"

Hope this helps.

Jim

boite aux bijoux

as jewellery is plural why is a used rather than aux?

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