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French

Etymology

Latin ad.

Pronunciation

Preposition

à

  1. to (towards, in the direction of)
    Je vais à Paris. -- I am going to Paris.
  2. to (until)
    Le spectacle sera de 18h à 21h. -- The show will be from 6pm to 9 pm.
  3. at (said of a particular time)
    Je pars à cinq heures. -- I am leaving at five.
  4. of (belonging to)
    C'est un ami à moi. -- This is a friend of mine.
    C'est la voiture à John. -- This is John's car.
  5. till, until (used in farewells)
    Salut, à demain. -- Bye, til tomorrow/Bye, see you tomorrow
  6. (cuisine) cooked in or with
    Steak au poivre -- Steak with pepper sauce

Derived terms

When followed by a definite article, à is combined with the article to give the following combined forms:

à + articleCombined form
à + leau
à + laà la
à + l'à l'
à + lesaux

Usage notes

  • Expresses a report/ratio of place (to), time (at), possession (of or 's), means, manner, price.
  • Introduced a complement of indirect object or a complement of attribution, a complement of the name or adjective.
  • Some intransitive verbs in French use à before the object, e.g. réussir à, jouer à. In these cases, the à is not translated into English

Mandarin

Pinyin

à (form of a4 with diacritic)

  1. :

Portuguese

Etymology

Contraction of a (to) + a (the)

Contraction

à

  1. to/at the

Scottish Gaelic

Preposition

à

  1. from

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