Learn French Prepositions with Cities and Islands

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Unlike most geographical names, the gender of an island (whether it's a state, province, or country) or a city does not affect which preposition must be used.

The prepositions à and de (or d') are always used with cities and singular islands, while aux and des are used with plural islands.

To / In From

city or singular island  à      de / d'
plural islands              aux   des

Examples:

City                        Singular Island     Plural Island

J'habite à Paris.    Je vais à Hawaï.     Je vais aux Îles Cook.
Je suis de Paris.   Je suis d'Hawaï.     Je suis des Îles Cook.

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