I am using Babbel and I see some sentences where it uses 'au' to mean to and some where it uses 'a' to mean to.

for example :

From February to April is 'de février à avril' - Why is it not 'au' Avril ?


From 15 April to 20th April is 'du 15 avril au 20 avril' - Why is it not 'à' 20

I am missing something simple I can't see here - Masculin/Feminine stuff I just need to 'learn' or something else?

As a relative newcomer to the language i find these grammatical things v v confusing with multiple words meaning the same thing but based on either subject or pronoun or verb etc.

But I will persevere and learn. Merci :)


We almost never use an article in front of a month name. Rares exceptions are expressions where a month in particular is compared to the same month in general, e.g.:

Le mois de novembre 2020 a été le novembre le plus chaud jamais enregistré dans le monde. La Dépêche

Thus we say: De janvier à avril.

Even if an article would be needed, that would be à l'avril not au avril so this phrase is technically possible:

Du janvier de l'année précédente à l'avril de l'année suivante.

although we would probably use:

Du mois de janvier... ...au mois d'avril...

On the other hand, for dates, we use an article, e.g. le premier janvier, le 14 juillet so the phrase is indeed:

Du 15 avril au 20 avril or better du 15 au 20 avril.

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