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Choose the correct response.

  1. Il y a de bonnes bouteilles de vin la cave de grand-père.[There are some good bottles of wine in grandad’s cellar.]|Dans = inside.
  2. Victor Hugo a écrit Notre-Dame de Paris 1830.[Victor Hugo wrote “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in 1830.]|Use en to talk about years.
  3. Loïc habite le quartier depuis cinq ans.[Loïc has lived in this neighbourhood for five years.]|Dans = inside a specific place or area.
  4. Raphaëlle est en retard, elle doit se préparer cinq minutes.[Raphaëlle is running late, she has to get ready in five minutes.]|Use en to express the time required to accomplish an action.
  5. Nous partons en vacances un mois.[We’re going on holiday in a month.]|Use dans to refer to a point in the future when something is expected to happen.

Complete the sentences with dans or en.

  1. Le film commence   une heure.[The film starts in an hour.]|Use dans to refer to a future time point when an action is expected to happen.
  2. La farine est   le placard à droite.[The flour is in the cupboard on the right.]|Dans = inside.
  3. J’ai rencontré Aude   allant au marché.[I met Aude when I was going to the shop.]|En + gerund.
  4. Il y avait beaucoup de monde   le métro ce soir.[There were lots of people on the metro tonight.]|Use dans to talk about being inside a mode of transport.
  5. Joël travaille   une ferme   Bretagne.[Joël works on a farm in Brittany.]|1. dans = inside a specific place or area.|2. Use en with regions whose names are feminine (La Bretagne).