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Dylan
'de' vs. 'de la'
Is it true that when we are saying this:
'Je viens du nord de France'
We do not need to add 'la' in front of 'France', but in this situation:
'Je viens du sud de la Corse'
We add 'la' in front of 'Corse'?

Why is that so?

May 23, 2020 12:11 PM
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Thank you very much. Very helpful!!!! I love this community.
May 27, 2020
The rule is simple :

For destination :

for a country or a continent which name is féminin (La France, l'italie ...) we use the pronoun : EN

je vais EN France (i go to france)

for a country or a continent which name is masculin(Le brésil, le Japon...) we use the pronoun : Au

je vais au Japon (i go to japan)

For Origin :

For a continent a country or a city we don't need to use a defined article (LE, La)

we say :
je viens de France( i come from France) , je viens de New York
not : je viens de la France (i come from the France)

For a part of a continent a féminin country we add a defined article(LA) :

Je viens du sud de la France
Je viens de l'est de l'Amérique

For a part of a masculin country we don't add a defined article :

Je viens du sud du Japon
je viens du nord du brésil


I tried to simplify the answer, i hope it was helpful
May 26, 2020
Hello Dylan. Good question !

In French, to designate a country/region/place, there are two cases :
  • places that need an article (ex: LA Corse, L'Italie, LE Cameroun...)
  • places that don't need an article (ex: Madagascar, Singapour...)

But the majority of places/countries need an article.

So if the place you designate is preceded by an article, you must use "de la" (for feminine places with "la") or "du" (for masculine places with "le") or "des" (for plural-named places with "les").

"Il va au nord DE LA Chine"
"Il va au nord DU Paraguay"
"Il va aux nord DES Pays-Bas"

Hope it helped you a little to understand.

I am a tutor here so if you need further help don't hesitate to write to me :)

Have a nice day !
Joanne
May 26, 2020
Je viens du nord de la France 🇫🇷 (correct)
May 23, 2020
Dylan
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Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Hokkien), English, French, German, Malay
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French, German