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"Descendre de" rule

Robyn N.B2Kwiziq community member

"Descendre de" rule

"Descendre de" rule

This may have a simple answer, but if 'de' becomes du or des when followed by le or les, why would the correct response on the quiz be: Elle descend de l'avion rather than Elle descend du l'avion?

Asked 3 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Robyn,

To illustrate Chris's excellent answer, here are a few more examples:

le avion -> l'avion  - see link: le - la - l'   

descendre de l'avion -> masculine / word starts with a vowel

descendre du train -> masculine / word starts with a consonant

arriver de l'hopital -> masculine / word starts with the letter h

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Descendre + de + le + avion. In this case the article could, theoretically, contract with the preceding de or the noun that follows, resulting in either descendre du avion or descendre de l'avion. The first one is wrong (it is also difficult to pronounce for French tongues due to the clashing vowels). The second one is correct.

"Descendre de" rule

"Descendre de" rule

This may have a simple answer, but if 'de' becomes du or des when followed by le or les, why would the correct response on the quiz be: Elle descend de l'avion rather than Elle descend du l'avion?

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