French departments

French departments
The names of French departments usually have the definite article, except when used after the preposition en.
In, to and from somewhere
For in and to, use dans le or dans les for masculine and plural names of departments :
to live in the Loiret
= vivre dans le Loiret
to go to the Loiret
= aller dans le Loiret
to live in the Landes
= vivre dans les Landes
to go to the Landes
= aller dans les Landes
to live in the Loir-et-Cher
= vivre dans le Loir-et-Cher
to go to the Loir-et-Cher
= aller dans le Loir-et-Cher
For in and to, use en for feminine names of departments :
to live in Savoy
= vivre en Savoie
to go to Savoy
= aller en Savoie
to live in Seine-et-Marne
= vivre en Seine-et-Marne
to go to Seine-et-Marne
= aller en Seine-et-Marne
For from, use du (or de l’ before a vowel) for masculine and des for plural names of departments :
to come from the Loiret
= venir du Loiret
to come from the Landes
= venir des Landes
to come from the Loir-et-Cher
= venir du Loir-et-Cher
For from, use de without the definite article for feminine names of departments :
to come from Savoy
= venir de Savoie
to come from Seine-et-Marne
= venir de Seine-et-Marne
Uses with nouns
Use de with the definite article in most cases :
a Cantal accent
= un accent du Cantal
the Var area
= la région du Var
the Creuse countryside
= les paysages de la Creuse
Loiret people
= les gens du Loiret
Yonne representatives
= les représentants de l’Yonne
Landes restaurants
= les restaurants des Landes
the Calvados team
= l’équipe du Calvados
Ardennes towns
= les villes des Ardennes
but use de without the definite article with feminine names that include et :
Seine-et-Marne hotels
= les hôtels de Seine-et-Marne
Some cases are undecided :
Savoy roads
= les routes de Savoie or de la Savoie

Big English-French dictionary. 2003.

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