C’était un peu du n’importe quoi

AnitaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

C’était un peu du n’importe quoi

C’était un peu du n’importe quoi- why isn’t it “c’était un peu de n’importe quoi “ ? I always thought that de was used after a quantity ?

Asked 1 year ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Anita,

With the expression "n'importe quoi" you can use 'du' or you will omit it (de) entirely: 

 

C'était (du) n'importe quoi ! = It was nonesense!

C'était un peu (du) n'importe quoi ! = It was a bit of a mess!

See partner's link here: N'importe quoi

Attention : 

C'était un peu de café It was a bit of coffee

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Anita,

It's a bit of a shambles or a mess so is it not the case that "du" is partitive here? Part of the uncountable?

This how I see see it  --  hope it helps?

Jim

C’était un peu du n’importe quoi

C’était un peu du n’importe quoi- why isn’t it “c’était un peu de n’importe quoi “ ? I always thought that de was used after a quantity ?

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