à la


à la
à la
is used in English without regard to gender, despite being feminine in French (the corresponding masculine form au is not used in this way in English). Apart from its use in phrases borrowed whole from French (e.g. à la carte, and cookery terms such as à la meunière, where au can of course also occur, as in au gratin), it is used as a semi-naturalized preposition, grammatically free though often appearing in print in italics (There were giant landscape photocollages à la David Hockney / The BBC should give serious consideration to an autumn shuffle à la 10 Downing Street).

Modern English usage. 2014.


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