dimanche, janvier 09, 2005

Province and Provence

We had this exercise in class recently and we came across this thing that confuses pretty much anybody who studies french... "provence" and "province". Provence is a region in the south east of France whereas Province refers to the rest of france, other than paris.

Par exemple on dit "en provence uniquement". That means "only in Provence". Si on dit, "Paris et le reste de la France", c'est le meme sens que "paris et le province". Apparently this is something that came about because of france's highly centralized structure in many respects and paris being the center of power.

A nice tit-bit :-)


Blogger Vaish said...

Most interesting! :)

10:24 AM  

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