Languages › French Learn French Prepositions with Geographical Names Share Flipboard Email Print Tom Merton / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated August 27, 2018 Deciding which French preposition to use with countries, cities, and other geographical names can be somewhat confusing, at least until now! This lesson will explain which prepositions to use and why. Gendered Nouns Like all French nouns, geographical names like countries, states, and provinces have a gender. Knowing the gender of each geographical name is the first step in determining which preposition to use. As a general guideline, geographical names which end in e are feminine, while those that end in any other letter are masculine. There are, of course, exceptions which simply have to be memorized. See the individual lessons for explanations of the gender of each geographical name. Examples In English, we use three different prepositions with geographical names, depending on what we are trying to say. Je vais en FranceI'm going to FranceJe suis en FranceI'm in FranceJe suis de FranceI'm from France However, in French numbers 1 and 2 take the same preposition. Whether you are going to France or you are in France, the same preposition is used. Thus in French there are only two prepositions to choose from for each type of geographical name. The difficulty lies in knowing which preposition to use for a city vs a state vs a country.