Prepositions with seasons: en, l', au

In French, you will have different ways to say that something takes place in one of the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, autumn).

Look at the examples using the four seasons: 

En hiver, je vais skier.
In winter, I go skiing.

L'hiver, il fait très froid.
In winter, it's very cold.

En été, je mange beaucoup de glaces!
In summer, I eat a lot of ice cream!

L'été, on bronze sur la plage.
In summer, we tan on the beach.

En automne, les feuilles tombent des arbres.
In autumn, leaves fall from the trees.

L'automne, on retourne à l'école.
In autumn, we go back to school.

To say in + [winter, summer, autumn], you will use either : 

en + [hiver, été, automne]
or
l' + [hiver, été, automne] 

You will do the liaison between en and the vowel (été, automne) or mute h (hiver).

ATTENTION :

Au printemps, on se sent heureux.
In spring, we feel happy.

To say in spring in French, you will only use :

au printemps

 

Note that all seasons are masculine in French.

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Examples and resources

En été, je mange beaucoup de glaces!
In summer, I eat a lot of ice cream!


En automne, les feuilles tombent des arbres.
In autumn, leaves fall from the trees.


Vive le temps, vive le temps,
Vive le temps d'hiver,

Long live the weather, long live the weather,
Long live the winter weather,


L'automne, on retourne à l'école.
In autumn, we go back to school.


L'hiver, il fait très froid.
In winter, it's very cold.


En hiver, je vais skier.
In winter, I go skiing.


Au printemps, on se sent heureux.
In spring, we feel happy.


L'été, on bronze sur la plage.
In summer, we tan on the beach.


Q&A

Else

Kwiziq community member

10 October 2018

4 replies

En ?

En été, je mange beaucoup de glaces!
In summer, I eat a lot of ice cream!

L'été, on bronze sur la plage.
In summer, we tan on the beach.

(i don't understand why it is not "En été, on bronze sur la plage"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

10 October 2018

10/10/18

Hi Else,

either option is fine: en été or l'été. You could just as well say en été on bronze sur la plage.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

10 October 2018

10/10/18

Hi Else,

As the lesson says, you can use either  'en' or 'l'  for été , hiver, automne and 'au' or 'le' for printemps.

Hope this helps!

 

Else

Kwiziq community member

10 October 2018

10/10/18

thanks - I thought 'en' might be for the more general statement and 'L' ' for the more specific activity in the season?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

10 October 2018

10/10/18

Nope, either is fine.

Serian

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2018

2 replies

Is there any meaning change between en/l'?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2018

30/09/18

Not that I would be aware of. 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

1 October 2018

1/10/18

Hi Serian,

As the lesson says, you can use either...

Johnny

Kwiziq community member

25 July 2016

2 replies

D' and du

The lesson doesn't mention d' and du at all, yet they're in the title. Is there something I should know about d' and du with seasons? Thanks.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 July 2016

25/07/16

Bonjour Johnny ! Thanks so much for pointing this out: we've now removed these superfluous mentions from this lesson's title. Merci encore et à bientôt !

Anish

Kwiziq community member

29 June 2017

29/06/17

Hi Aurélie, there is one remaining- Vive le temps, vive le temps,Vive le temps d'hiver,

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