In French, to say that a place or a person is (at) a certain distance from somewhere, you use the expression:
à [distance] de [lieu]
Look at these examples:
Note Je suis à 5 minutes de Paris.I'm at 5 minutes from Paris.
Tu habites à 10km de Lille.You live 10km from Lille.
that the distance can be expressed as a duration
- 5 minutes from Paris
- or as a physical distance
- 5 km from Paris
In French, you must always use à before the distance:
Je suis cinq minutes de Paris. -> Je suis à cinq minutes de Paris.
Note also that when locations are introduced by the definite articles le and les, de contracts into du and des :
Je suis à 5 minutes du cinéma.I'm 5 minutes from the cinema.
L'école est à 15 minutes des magasins.The school is 15 minutes from the shops.
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