How do we know when "de" refers to "from" or partitive article "some"?

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C

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9 January 2019

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How do we know when "de" refers to "from" or partitive article "some"?

For example: "Marie achète du café"

Le café is a location and a drink.

Couldn't this sentence means both "Marie buys a coffee" and "Marie buys from the cafe"?

How do we know when "de" refers to "from" and when it refers to "some"?

Thank you!

This question relates to:
French lesson "À + le = au, à + les = aux, de + le = du, de + les = des (contractions of articles)"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

10 January 2019

10/01/19

Hi C,

‘Marie prend un café au Café ‘ would be ‘Marie is having  a coffee in a Café.’

The use of ‘acheter’ can only mean she is a shop and buying some coffee.

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