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À, Au, À La, Aux Pronunciation
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Quick Overview of À, Au, À La, Aux
‘À, au, à la, aux’ are all forms of the French preposition ‘à’. This preposition changes form depending on the whether the word it refers to is masculine, feminine, singular, or plural. It can mean a bewildering array of things, including ‘to’, ‘with’, ‘for’, ‘in the style of’, depending on the context.
A full explanation is beyond the scope of this site – it is incredibly complicated. This is a broad explanation to give you the general idea. Examples are:
- à point - medium-rare
- à l’ail - ‘with garlic’. The reason for the ‘l’ in front of ‘ail’ is that two vowels following each other sound clumsy. Another example is ‘à l’Italienne’ – ‘in the Italian style’
- au gratin – ‘gratin’ is a masculine noun – for this reason the masculine ‘au’ is used. Another example is ‘au sang’ which means ‘with blood’ (where blood is used as a ‘liaison’)
- à la Française - ‘in the French style’. ‘Française’ is a feminine word, which is why the feminine form ‘à la’ is used. Another example is ‘à la Russe’ which means ‘in the Russian style’
- aux Fruits - ‘-with fruit. ‘Aux’ is used for both masculine and feminine plurals. Another example is ‘aux Fines Herbes’
How To Say It
- à, au, à la, aux
- ah, oh, ah lah, oh
ah, oh, ah lah, oh
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