how does "de" mean "at"?

Robin

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30 November 2018

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how does "de" mean "at"?

Why does the de in Je regarde de belles collines mean at?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using ''de / d' '' instead of 'des' in front of adjectives preceding nouns (partitive article)"

Chris

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1 December 2018

1/12/18

Regarder means "to look at".

Je regarde la maison. -- I look at the house.
Je regarde de belles collines. -- I look at beautiful hills.

It isn't "de" that means "at". The "at" is part of the verb "regarder".

Chris

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1 December 2018

1/12/18

But, strictly speaking, the sentence:

Je regarde des collines is ambiguous. It can mean "I look at hills" as well as "I look from hills".

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