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indefinite article negation

Lihini J.B1Kwiziq community member

indefinite article negation

Il reste un ami loyal. - Non, il ne reste pas d'ami loyal !

is this correct

Asked 3 weeks ago
Jim J.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Salut Lihini,

After negation the indefinite article "un" becomes de, but d' before a vowel.

So I agree that your proposal is correct.

You have not included the Kwiziq lesson or question from where this query comes.

Bonne journée

Jim

Alan G.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

No, this is wrong. The correct sentence is given as one of the examples in the Kwiziq lesson below:

Un/une become de/d' in negative sentences in French (French Indefinite Articles)

Non, il ne reste pas un ami loyal !

The explanation is also given in the lesson:

This rule does NOT apply to sentences using the verb être and other List of French "state verbs" - "verbes d'état", with which the indefinite article doesn't change.

Perhaps it's important to point out that the translation is: "No, he doesn't remain a loyal friend!"

I suppose it could also have been something like: "No, there aren't any loyal friends remaining", when "pas d'ami" might be correct. "Pas de" always has the sense of "not any".

indefinite article negation

Il reste un ami loyal. - Non, il ne reste pas d'ami loyal !

is this correct

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