French Preposition Chez – Meaning, Examples

what does chez mean?

chezThe French preposition chez has several meanings. Its two main meanings are: 1) To be at somebody’s house; and 2) To be in somebody’s country/place of residence. The preposition chez is followed by either a person’s name or a stressed pronoun. This page discusses usages of chez and offers many example sentences.

how to use chez

chez + person = at one’s home.

  • Julien est chez Marie.
    Julien is at Marie’s (house).
  • Je vais chez une amie.
    I’m going to a friend’s home/home.
  • Jean reste chez lui.
    Jean is staying at his place/home.
  • Marc ne va pas chez Jean aujourd’hui.
    Marc isn’t going to Jean’s place today.

chez + person = in one’s country.

  • Chez moi on parle français.
    In my country one speaks French (French is spoken).
  • Chez nous on mange avec des baguettes.
    People eat with chopsticks in our country.
  • Est-ce que vous parlez anglais ou français chez vous?
    Do you speak English or French in your country?
  • Il fait beau chez moi.
    It’s nice weather out were I live/in my region.
  • Ça se fait pas chez nous!
    That isn’t done (don’t do that) in our country!

chez + company name

Chez can also be used to refer to ‘at a certain company’. Par example:

  • Chez Samsung, vous trouverez des téléphones portables haut de gamme.
    You’ll find high-end mobile phones at Samsung.

personality, psychology usage

  • Chez cet homme, tout est égoïste.
    With this man, everything is selfish.

follow chez by a stress pronoun

Chez can be followed by a person’s name or stressed (or tonic) pronoun:

  • Je suis chez moi. I’m at home.
  • Tu es chez toi. You’re at home.
  • Il est chez lui. He’s at home.
  • Elle est chez elle. She’s at home.
  • Nous sommes chez nous. We’re at home.
  • Vous êtes chez vous. You’re at home.
  • Ils sont chez eux. They’re at home.
  • Elles sont chez elles. They’re at home.

common mistake

do not say ‘à chez moi’

In French there are two ways to say, ‘At my house’: chez moi and à la masion. Hence, to say, ‘I’m at home’, there are two options:

  • Je suis chez moi.
  • Je suis à la maison.

You cannot say, ‘Je suis à chez moi’ in French.

More practice Sentences

Below you’ll find several translation sentences with the preposition “chez”.

  • Je vais chez toi ce soir.
    I go to your place tonight.
  • Je reste chez moi aujourd’hui.
    I’m staying at home today.
  • Elle va chez lui.
    She goes to his place.
  • Nous dînons chez vous.
    We’re having dinner at your place.
  • Ils vont chez lui chaque dimanche soir.
    They go to his place every Sunday evening.
  • Nous mangeons chez grand-mere ce soir.
    We are eating at grandmother’s place tonight.
  • Je vais chez ma tante ce week-end.
    I am going to my aunt’s place this weekend.
  • Tu vas chez le médecin demain à 11h30.
    You’re going to the doctor’s tomorrow at 11.30am.
  • Elle va chez sa cousine à Détroit.
    She is going to her cousin’s ( f ) place in Detroit.
  • Je vais chez le dentiste la semaine prochaine.
    I’m going to the dentist next week.
  • Il va chez sa mère
    He’s going to his mother’s place.
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