de preceding the possessive adjective

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Paul

Kwiziq community member

8 October 2018

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de preceding the possessive adjective

Même si ce n'était pas de sa faute.Hi, Can you please explain, is "de" necessary before "sa" in this sentence? Thanks, Paul.

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Du, de la, de l', des all become de or d' in negative sentences (partitive articles) -

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

9 October 2018

9/10/18

Hi Paul,

Well spotted!

In fact you can say both "C'est ma faute" or "C'est de ma faute".

The first one is considered more correct but you will hear both in French .

It is an idiomatic 'de' so hard to justify...

C'est ma faute, c'est ma faute, c'est ma très grande faute = Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa

Hope this helps!

Paul

Kwiziq community member

9 October 2018

9/10/18

Thanks Cécile, that's very helpful. I'm encouraged by my experience that "de ma faute" didn't sound quite right. Maybe I'm starting to develop an ear for French! Paul.

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