"to my room"

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helen

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6 October 2017

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"to my room"

The lesson shows"Je vais dans ma chambre pour m'habiller ". Why are we using "dans" here and not ' a ma chambre" -- to my room.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Pour + infinitive = In order to"

Ron

Kwiziq community member

6 October 2017

6/10/17

Bonjour Helen, This seems like a very good question to me; I had not looked at it like this previously. I will be interested to learn the reasoning, too. Bonne journée

helen

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6 October 2017

6/10/17

I'm hoping Aurélie responds:)

Chris

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17 October 2017

17/10/17

Hi Helen,

the use of directional prepositions in French is different from English. Also, the French don't differentiate as acutely between being somewhere (location) and going somewhere (direction).

Je suis dans ma chambre = I am in my room.
Je vais dans ma chambre = I am going to my room.

The difference of location versus direction is carried by the verb (je suis vs. je vais).

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Ron

Kwiziq community member

17 October 2017

17/10/17

Bonjour Chris, Merci for your excellent explanation. Ron

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