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What is the difference between "une pelle de neige" and "une pelle à neige"? Which word is correct to refer to a "snow shovel" that we use in winter?

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A pelle à neige means a shovel designed to be used to move snow while a pelle de neige would mean the quantity of snow that it contains (a shovelful of snow). The latter is better transcripted by Une pelletée de neige.

  • Actually, "pelle de neige" would be a shovel made of snow. I've never heard it used instead of "pelletée de neige". – ApplePie Sep 6 '14 at 2:12
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    @AlexandreP.Levasseur An hypothetical shovel made of snow would more be a "pelle en neige". "Pelle de neige" is a lazy way, at least in France, to say the more literary "pelletée de neige". – jlliagre Sep 6 '14 at 7:34

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