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À and Dans Interchangeability

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tommyzDad
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May 22, 2015 at 6:11am

Are "à" and "dans" interchangeable?
In Lesson 06 I learned that "à" is "at", e.g. "Elle est à l'hôtel". And then in a later in French 1 Podcast 04, "dans" is used, e.g. "Elle va rester dans cet l'hôtel". But there was no explanation as to why the "dans" was used instead of "à". Are both completely interchangeable when one wants to say "at"?

Mike W
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May 22, 2015 at 11:39am

à in this context is generally translated to English as "at", as you recognize. Dans in this context is translated to English as "in" So in English the two phrases translate as She is at the hotel and She is going to stay in that hotel.

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