Why is there "de" after "changer"? Just as we see in your example: "Je devrai changer de vêtements" why not "les" or "des"? I always wondered about this, and very interested to find out answer (if there is a specific rule, or it's just one more thing we have to cram)
It is one of those particularities of the Fench language.
You say :
changer de quelque chose
changer de chemise = to change shirt
changer de train = to change train
changer de fournisseur = to change supplier
changer de téléphone = to change telephone
changer de place = to swap places
Hope this helps!
The verb expression here is 'changer de' NOUN; yes, it just has to be learnt.
There are also other answers to this question below.
In English, too, you often say, "I need a change OF clothes" when you want to express that you need a new set of clothes. In French, this concept also applies to other nouns, not just clothes.
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