En/l'/au with seasons (French Articles and Prepositions)

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

How to express the seasons in French

Look at the examples using the four seasons: 

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

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

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

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

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

ConfirmL'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 :

ConfirmAu 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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ConfirmEn hiver, je vais skier.In winter, I go skiing.
ConfirmL'automne, on retourne à l'école.In autumn, we go back to school.
ConfirmEn automne, les feuilles tombent des arbres.In autumn, leaves fall from the trees.
ConfirmL'été, on bronze sur la plage.In summer, we tan on the beach.
ConfirmAu printemps, on se sent heureux.In spring, we feel happy.
ConfirmL'hiver, il fait très froid.In winter, it's very cold.
ConfirmVive le temps, vive le temps,
Vive le temps d'hiver,
Long live the weather, long live the weather,
Long live the winter weather,
ConfirmEn été, je mange beaucoup de glaces !In summer, I eat a lot of ice cream!
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