Avoir du mal

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Avoir du mal

The transcription has "j'avais beaucoup de mal à parler" - shouldn't it be "du" instead of "de", going by the lesson cited in the exercise? At any rate, it sounded like "du" to me. Thank you.

Asked 2 years ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

This is a case of the partitive article. Just as you would say: Je voudrais de l'eau versus je vourdrais un verre d'eau (no partitive article because of the quantity specification un verre).

J'ai du mal à parler.
J'ai beaucoup de mal à parler.
(No partitive article because of beaucoup)

Avoir du mal

The transcription has "j'avais beaucoup de mal à parler" - shouldn't it be "du" instead of "de", going by the lesson cited in the exercise? At any rate, it sounded like "du" to me. Thank you.

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