Why "Mon père est dans le prison." incorrect?

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richa

Kwiziq community member

4 January 2018

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Why "Mon père est dans le prison." incorrect?

This question relates to:
French lesson "En vs dans with locations (prepositions)"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

4 January 2018

4/01/18

The correct expression is "mon père est en prison" because it means 'incarcerated' which is a general statement as explained in the lesson above.

Note the absence of the article (by the way prison is feminine so it would have been la prison).

Chris

Kwiziq community member

4 January 2018

4/01/18

Just to comment further. If you say "mon père est dans le prison. " It doesn't mean he is incarcerated but more like he is in the building. -- Chris (not a native speaker)

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

4 January 2018

4/01/18

very good point! Something like " mon père travaille dans la prison de Fresnes."

Helen

Kwiziq community member

6 January 2018

6/01/18

CORRECT

Helen

Kwiziq community member

6 January 2018

6/01/18

IT SHOULD SAY "MON PERE EST EN PRISON."

Pat

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15 June 2018

15/06/18

I have exactly the same question.  An example later on uses dans la when saying "there is a riot in the prison"  My firstt inclination is that they are using prison in the dans only sentence to indicate prison as place in general, but what if there is only one prison he could be in?

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