Prepositions used before country names (2/2) in French

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Prepositions used before country names (2/2)

When talking about a country, a region or a continent where we come from, we use the following prepositions:

Country Preposition
(ending in e)
je viens...
I come (from)...
je suis originaire...
I originate (from)...
de
France
France
Belgique
Belgium
Californie
California

du
Sénégal
Senegal
Canada
Canada
Maroc
Morocco

or + vowel

d’
Iran
Iran
Europe
Europe
Algérie
Algeria

♀♀
♂♂

des
États-Unis
the United States
Pays-Bas
the Netherlands
When speaking about a town where we come from, we use the preposition de.
Je viens de New-York I come from New York.
J’arrive de Lomé I’m arriving from Lomé.
Je suis originaire de Montréal I originate from Montreal.
Note: When city names take an article (le, la), it stays there.
Je viens de La Rochelle (the city is La Rochelle)
Je suis originaire de La Havane.
Je viens du Mans (the city is Le Mans)


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