Chez

Chez in French
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French preposition

The preposition chez is unlike anything in English – it carries more meaning than a simple preposition and has a number of different uses.

1) Location / Destination

a.Home  
 Je suis chez moi. I’m at home.
 Je vais chez Philippe. I’m going to Philippe’s house.

 Ever noticed how many French restaurants are named Chez Someone? It’s like an invitation to eat at chef Someone’s home.

b.Business/office/shop  
 Je suis chez le marchand des fruits et légumes. I’m at the greengrocer’s shop.
 Je vais chez le dentiste. I’m going to the dentist’s office.

2) Among / Of / In a group

 C’est un problème chez les Français. That’s a problem among the French.
 Chez les enfants, on trouve beaucoup de créativité. You find a lot of creativity in children.

3) In regard to an individual’s character

 C’est un problème chez Paul. That’s a problem for Paul.
 Je n’ai jamais vu une telle chose chez mon chat. I’ve never seen anything like that with my cat.

4) In someone’s work

 chez Picasso in Picasso’s art
 chez Victor Hugo in Victor Hugo’s writings

5) Expressions with chez

 avoir ses entrées auprès de quelqu’un to have easy access to someone
 bien de chez nous typically French
 Charbonnier est maître chez soi.(proverb) A man’s home is his castle.
 un chez-soi a home
 être partout chez soi to feel at home anywhere
 Faites / Fais comme chez vous / toi. Make yourself at home.
 mon chez-moi my home
 noir comme chez le diable pitch black
 nul de chez nul completely useless/worthless/hopeless
 rentrer chez soi to go home
 se sentir chez soi to feel at home
 ton chez-toi your home
 Va te faire voir chez les Grecs !(familiar) Go to hell!

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