How to distinguish between partitive articles du, de la, de l' ,des and FROM.

Zubair

Kwiziq community member

10 June 2016

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How to distinguish between partitive articles du, de la, de l' ,des and FROM.

They both contain the word "DE".

This relates to:
Using du, de la, de l', des to express some or any (partitive articles) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

10 June 2016

10/06/16

Bonjour Zubair !


That's a very good remark, and it works for the partitive articles (some), for "from the", but also "of the" which are both expressed with "DE + definite article" in French.
The answer I can give you is that context is the only way to differenciate them.


Here are some examples to practice :)
1- Je mange du pain. (I eat [some] bread. -> partitive)
2- J'ai sauté du bateau.  (I jumped from the boat.)
3- J'aime la sœur du facteur.   (I love the postman's sister -> the sister of the postman)


I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !


 

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