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Re: French <chez>

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Sunday, January 25, 2004, 16:05
En réponse à Trebor Jung :

>Merhaba! > >At school we learned that <chez> in French means 'at', but I've always >thought it meant 'at the home of'.
You're right indeed. "Chez" is used only with animate complements, and means "at the place of, the home of...".
> And what about <à la maison>, is there a difference between <chez> and that?
"A la maison" is an expression which doesn't allow any complement. It is synonymous to "chez moi" or "chez nous", i.e. "at my home" or "at our home". As such it is not a preposition, and thus cannot be compared to "chez". Christophe Grandsire. You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.