Article contracté

French Contracted Article

See also: Article and Article Types

When the French definite articles le and les are preceded by the prepositions à or de, the two words contract.

  • à + le = au
  • à + les = aux
  • de + le = du
  • de + les = des

The articles la and l' do not contract:

  • à + la = à la
  • à + l' = à l'
  • de + la = de la
  • de + l' = de l'

Note: when le and les are direct objects, they do not contract.

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