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les vs des

Ian M.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

les vs des

Why do we use the definitive article (les) and then the indefinitive/ partitive article?

De plus, depuis 1992, les citoyens françaises sont aussi des citoyens européens et ils peuvent voter aux élections européennes.

Asked 2 weeks ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Ian,

Here, we use "des citoyens français" because if you used "les citoyens européens", the emaning would be very different:

Les citoyens françaises sont aussi des citoyens européens = (All the) French citizens are also European citizens.
Les citoyens françaises sont aussi les citoyens européens = (All the) French citizens are also the European citizens.

 -> this implies that all the French citizens are the only European citizen

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

Jim J.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Bonjour Ian,

I think it is a case of making a general distinction (les - all) rather than a particular distinction (des - some).

Bonne journée

Jim

les vs des

Why do we use the definitive article (les) and then the indefinitive/ partitive article?

De plus, depuis 1992, les citoyens françaises sont aussi des citoyens européens et ils peuvent voter aux élections européennes.

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