How to Express Distance in French [+6 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to express distance in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say express distance in French
  • how the construction is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to express distance in French
  • the way Anki files can be downloaded for how to express distance in French

Please refer to the French B1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to express distance in French!

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How to express Distance in French

If you want to express a physical or time distance in French, then you will use the following construction:

  • à [distance] de [lieu]

J’habite à 20 minutes de Nice.

I live 20 minutes from Nice.

Elle habite à une heure de Marseille.

She lives an hour from Marseille.

Nous sommes à 2km de Toulouse.

We are 2km from Toulouse.

Ils sont à 5km de Nantes.

They are 5km from Nantes.

Gabriel est à 10 minutes du supermarché.

Gabriel is 10 minutes from the supermarket.

L’université est à 30 minutes des parcs.

The university is 30 minutes from the parks.

Please don’t forget to contract if you use a location.

  • de + le -> du
  • de + les -> des

Example Sentences on How to express Distance in French

The final section of this lesson on how express distance in French is about seeing the construction in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to express distance in French through examples.

Here you can find the sentences of the previous chapter, neatly stored in one place.

J’habite à 20 minutes de Nice.

I live 20 minutes from Nice.

Elle habite à une heure de Marseille.

She lives an hour from Marseille.

Nous sommes à 2km de Toulouse.

We are 2km from Toulouse.

Ils sont à 5km de Nantes.

They are 5km from Nantes.

Gabriel est à 10 minutes du supermarché.

Gabriel is 10 minutes from the supermarket.

L’université est à 30 minutes des parcs.

The university is 30 minutes from the parks.

Quiz Yourself on How to express Distance in French

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and practice them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

Anki File for How to express Distance in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French B1 you can practice every French B1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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