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The Latin script
Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz
Variations of letter A

à lower case (upper case À)

  1. The letter a with a grave accent.

Latin ad.

à (lower case, upper case A, alternate usage À)

  1. A with grave accent, a letter used in French mostly to distinguish some homographs and in transliteration.

  • Accents usage on capital letters is variable. Quebec usage is normally to put capitals, European usage usually does not put capitals.


  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. at (said of a particular place)
    à la maison - at home
    à l'hôtel - at the hotel
  5. 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.
  6. till, until (used in farewells)
    Salut, à demain. -- Bye, til tomorrow/Bye, see you tomorrow
  7. (cuisine) cooked in or with
    Steak au poivre -- Steak with pepper sauce

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

à + article Combined form
à + le au
à + la à la
à + l' à l'
à + les aux

  • 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

à (form of a4 with diacritic)

  1. :

Contraction of a (to) + a (the)


  1. to/at the


  1. from

  • Before the definite article the form às is used instead.

  • The following prepositional pronouns:





pronoun (emphatic)

mi asam asamsa
tu asad asadsa
e às às-san
i aiste aistese
sinn asainn asainne
sibh asaibh asaibhse
iad asta astasan

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