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Ou or Où? Don't Make The Mistake Anymore!

May 17, 2023

If you're learning French, you may have come across two similar-looking words that can be confusing to use correctly: ou and . These two words may look very similar, but they have very different meanings. In this blog post, we'll explore the differences between ou and où, so you can use them like a pro!

 

➤ Ou = or

 

First, let's look at the word ouOu is a conjunction of coordination, meaning or in English. It is used to give a choice between two things, places, or ideas. Here are some examples:

  • Veux-tu du café ou du thé? (Do you want coffee or tea?)
  • Je vais partir en vacances en Espagne ou en Italie. (I'm going on vacation to Spain or Italy.)

 

➤ Où = where

 

Now, let's move on to the word . is an adverb of place meaning where in English. It is used to talk about a place, a geographical location or a time. Here are some examples:

  • Où habites-tu? (Where do you live?)
  • Je ne sais pas où est mon téléphone. (I don't know where my phone is.)

As you can see from these examples, ou is used when presenting two options or choices. It is a conjunction that joins two words, phrases, or clauses.  is used to talk about a place, a geographical location or a time. It is an adverb of place.

   

Complete the sentences with ou or où:

1. Je me demande ____ est mon passeport.

2. Tu habites _____ ?

3. Je ne sais pas _____ est mon téléphone.

4. Est-ce que tu préfères la plage _____ la montagne?

5. Nous sommes allés au restaurant _____ nous avons mangé une pizza délicieuse.

6. _____ est-ce que tu as acheté cette robe magnifique?

7. Je me demande si c'est toi _____ ton frère qui a écrit cette lettre.

8. Est-ce que tu sais ____ se trouve la gare ?

9. C'est un endroit _____ je me sens toujours heureux.

10. Préfères-tu la musique classique ____ le jazz ?

 

Answers:

1. où / 2. où / 3. où / 4. ou / 5. où / 6. où / 7. ou / 8. où / 9. où / 10. ou

 

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