If le la les don't change with negation, should the above general statement have 'le poisson ' instead of 'de' ?
Just found the above link which answers the above query. To save time, a few sentences on this subject would enhance this lesson considerably.
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.
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