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    Question What is 'la' ?

    Dear Teacher,
    Recently I ran into this sentence:
    The European atmosphere and food was a pleasant change from cuisine a la R.A.F.
    What is 'la' here?
    I'm waiting for your anwsers.
    Thanks!
    Gong

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    Re: What is 'la' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghoujun View Post
    Dear Teacher,
    Recently I ran into this sentence:
    The European atmosphere and food was a pleasant change from cuisine a la R.A.F.
    What is 'la' here?
    I'm waiting for your anwsers.
    Thanks!
    Gong
    It's a reference to the French à la <cooking-method>; Italian also uses alla for the same purpose, but I imagine the speaker in this case had the French in mind.

    "Cuisine a la RAF" (which in French would be cuisine à la FAR - since the French air force wouldn't be condemned to such cooking, so I've translated RAF to Force Aérienne Royale) would be unimaginative institutional food.

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    Re: What is 'la' ?

    It is French, the feminine form of "le" = the.

    This usage [ à la ] is to indicate that something is in the style or according to something.

    In a restaurant, a la carte = according to the menu listing/from the menu. In this sentence "cuisine a la RAF" is saying "food according to [produced by] the Royal Air Force".

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    Re: What is 'la' ?

    Thanks very much for two Teachers' replys!

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    Re: What is 'la' ?

    In that case, Cooking [à la] would closely mean cooking from a specific way. Eg He cooked à la British (way). To make it into French, Il cuisinait à la (façon) britannique. But many French would use some English words ei Il cuisinait à la (manière) British.

    Pay attention not to confuse between:
    a - the verb to have in the third person of the present simple
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    à - a preposition.

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    Re: What is 'la' ?

    There's an unstated manière/façon/mode. This is why people who know a little French (enough to make a noun and its adjective agree) use hypercorrect forms like boeuf *bourgignon.

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    Re: What is 'la' ?

    Some people like you, I guess

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    Re: What is 'la' ?

    Moi?!!

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