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Expressing distance '(at) ... km from ...' = à ... de ... (prepositions)

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:

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.

Note that the distance can be expressed as a duration5 minutes from Paris - or as a physical distance - 5 km from Paris.

ATTENTION:

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 lesde 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.

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

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L'école est à 15 minutes des magasins.
The school is 15 minutes from the shops.


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.


Je suis à 5 minutes du cinéma.
I'm 5 minutes from the cinema.


Q&A

Louise

Kwiziq community member

27 May 2017

2 replies

In the quiz it marked wrong when I spelled out dix minutes. in the answer it had 10 mins

Ron

Kwiziq community member

30 May 2017

30/05/17

Bonjour Louise,
I think your response is correct and this does seem to be a programming miscue. I am not aware of any grammar rule that requires to use the number (10) in lieu of spelling it out.
Bonne chance.

Ron

Chuck

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2017

4/11/17

I was marked wrong when I spelled out dix minutes but it was because I misspelled Marseille. That was explained to me when I reported the issue.

Mark

Kwiziq community member

7 March 2017

1 reply

This doesn't quite seem like a reasonable thing to count as a miss:

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

7 March 2017

7/03/17

Bonjour Mark !

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