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I'm a brazilian trying to learn on my own and I want to know about the “de” preposition.

For instance,

Je suis de New York

is correct, right?

My question is: I can't use “Je suis de Brésil”, can I?

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It's not that "de" is used for cities, but rather that countries normally (there are some exceptions) take the definite article in French: Je suis du Brésil, where du is the contracted form of de le.

You see the same difference in, e.g. Je retourne à New York and Je retourne au Brésil.

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Ok, but using Je suis, what's the preposition that should I use? I mean, Je suis __ Brésil.. –  Guilherme Oderdenge Apr 7 at 19:08
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It depends on what you want to say - I am in Brazil = Je suis au Brésil / I am from Brazil = Je suis du Brésil. –  assylias Apr 7 at 19:19
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I think he's either looking for "Je suis brésilien" (I am brazilian) or "Je viens de Brésil" (I am from Brazil)? –  citizen Apr 7 at 21:01
    
I would say "Je viens du Brésil" instead of "Je viens de Brésil", for the same reasons Circeus explained. –  Laurent C. Apr 8 at 7:37

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