What Is the Là- French Prefix?

Learn how this adverbial prefix is appropriately used

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The adverbial French prefix là- can be added to certain adverbs of place to mean "there" or "that." The opposite of là- is ci-, which means "here" or "this." 

Adverbs Where là- Can Be Added

This is the complete list:

là-haut up there
là-bas down there, over there
là-dessus on top of that
là-dessous under that
là-devant in front of that
là-derrière behind that
là-dedans inside that
là-dehors outside (of) that


Là- can also be added to one other adverb:

  • là-même
  • right there, in that very place

Note: As it can only be added to adverbs, là- is less flexible than its antonym ci-.

Grammatical Agreement

There is never any agreement with the adverbs attached to là-.

  • Qui est cette fille là-bas?
    Who is that girl over there?
  • J'ai trouvé les clés là-haut.
    I found the keys up there.