Je ne mange pas de poisson.

AndreaB2Kwiziq community member

Je ne mange pas de poisson.

 If le la les don't change with negation, should the above general statement  have   'le poisson ' instead of 'de' ?

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/what-to-use-when-speaking-about-generalities

Just found the above link which answers the above query. To save time, a few sentences on this subject would enhance this lesson considerably.

Asked 1 month ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Andrea,

You are correct that when generalising you still use "le, la, les" even in a negation (see the examples below):

J'aime le poisson I like fish -> general statement of opinion

Je n'aime pas le poisson I don't like fish -> general statement of opinion

However, "je ne mange pas le poisson" isn't a generalisation - see below:

Je mange le poisson = I eat the fish -> this fish right here

Je ne mange pas le poisson = I don't eat the fish -> this fish right here

Instead, if you wish to say you eat or don't eat a type of food, you follow the pattern below:

Je mange du (de + le) poisson  = I eat (some) fish 

-> all types of fish - partitive article / unaccountable although it is a general statement

 

Je ne mange pas de poisson = I don't eat fish 

-> none fish whatsoever - partitive article / unaccountable although it is a general statement

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

(deleted)

Je ne mange pas de poisson.

 If le la les don't change with negation, should the above general statement  have   'le poisson ' instead of 'de' ?

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/what-to-use-when-speaking-about-generalities

Just found the above link which answers the above query. To save time, a few sentences on this subject would enhance this lesson considerably.

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Ask a question

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level
Getting that for you now...