Rentrée scolaire - limiter les dépenses

The start of a new school year typically involves shopping for new supplies. This video shares some tips to keep these expenses as low as possible. Below, you'll find the French transcript - click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons.

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Not an A1 OR A2 exercise

This is so not an A1 nor an A2 exercise! It would be nice if you had more true basic to intermediate exercises here.

Asked 2 months ago
LauraKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Jessica,

Thanks for letting us know about this. You're absolutely right, this is a B1 exercise - I don't know how it got mislabeled to a lower level but it's fixed now.

We do have A1 and A2 exercises: https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/learn/reading

Merci encore et bonne continuation !

Not an A1 OR A2 exercise

This is so not an A1 nor an A2 exercise! It would be nice if you had more true basic to intermediate exercises here.

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A small French correction.

Bonjour Madame, 

There is a line in this comprehension as - “Ça n’entraîne pas des frais très très importants.”

Should it not be ‘de’ ? I am taught that whenever negative comes, then indefinite article ‘des’ changes to ‘de’. Being a beginner, I may be incorrect . Please provide further clarification.

Bonne journée !

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi  Varsha,

You can actually say both “ .....pas des/de frais très très importants” here.

I am not aware there is a particular reason as the verb is not ‘être’ or a verb of state.

You would have to say for instance: 

“ Ce ne sont pas des leçons très difficiles” you cannot say ‘de’ in that case.

Here is the lesson pertinent to that subject -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/the-partitive-article-in-negative-sentences

Hope this helps!

Bonjour Madame,

Thank you for your explanation.  But I want to ask which of the following sentences ‘de/des’ frais is grammatically correct ?

CécileKwiziq language super star

Hi Varsha, 

They both are as you can say both....

Merci Madame Cécile !

Bonne journée !

A small French correction.

Bonjour Madame, 

There is a line in this comprehension as - “Ça n’entraîne pas des frais très très importants.”

Should it not be ‘de’ ? I am taught that whenever negative comes, then indefinite article ‘des’ changes to ‘de’. Being a beginner, I may be incorrect . Please provide further clarification.

Bonne journée !

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