Why is 'à' the correct answer and not 'aux'? Isn't 'bijoux' a plural noun?

SaraB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Why is 'à' the correct answer and not 'aux'? Isn't 'bijoux' a plural noun?

This was a question in one of the quizzes:

Il m'a offert une boîte ________ bijoux pour ranger mes colliers.

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Sara,

Please take a look at my answer to a similar question regarding 'brosse à dents' -

https://french.kwiziq.com/questions/view/a-vs-aux

 

Hope it helps!

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Sara - when it is ‘something for something’ it is just  ‘ qqc à qqc ‘ without a definite article, so it remains ‘ … une boîte à bijoux ‘. Whether a plural or singular, feminine or masculine noun follows the preposition ‘ à ‘ is not relevant in this construct.   The noun here is compound ‘ une boîte à bijoux ‘ is the full noun form.

There is also no definite article used with ‘ qqc de/en qqc ’, indicating made of something. Same reasoning. 

(There are some exceptions, of course. Some already noted in QandA under the lesson)

However, the definite article is included in the case of foods ‘made with or flavoured with’ - hence à la/à l’ or the contractions au/aux are used as appropriate to the following noun.

The lesson could be clearer describing this - in particular the example of ‘tarte aux pommes’ could be moved to the final section, rather than being in the introductory examples, and the use/non-use of definite articles could be specifically noted for clarity.

(It would be better to have all the examples in the lesson proper with their relevant section in my view, rather than clumped at the start)

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Why is 'à' the correct answer and not 'aux'? Isn't 'bijoux' a plural noun?

This was a question in one of the quizzes:

Il m'a offert une boîte ________ bijoux pour ranger mes colliers.

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