De tomates Vs Des tomates

MartinA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

De tomates Vs Des tomates

Bonjour,

Why "1 kilo de tomates" and not "1 kilo des tomates"?

Thank you

Asked 4 years ago
SeanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributorCorrect answer

When talking about quantity use "de" because you're talking about the objects in a general way and not referring to specific objects.  Tomatoes in general and not "the" specific tomatoes.  Examples: Beaucoup de gens; tant de choses; tas de questions.  Etc.  Of course, you could say, "Un kilo des tomates que je préfère" because now you're talking about the specific kind of tomatoes you prefer.  Hah, I had to correct my misspelling of tomatoes in my native language!

MartinA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Merci beaucoup Sean. Much appreciated, and yes my native spelling has been shot since I've been learning another language too

De tomates Vs Des tomates

Bonjour,

Why "1 kilo de tomates" and not "1 kilo des tomates"?

Thank you

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