Linking words with de

RanaA1Kwiziq community member

Linking words with de

Thanks for your helpful and amazing website. I have a question, why would you use « langues de prestige » and not « langues de la prestige »? 

Asked 1 month ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Rana,

Une langue de + nom = a language (made) of + noun

You are talking about it in a general way, nothing specific.

L’italien est une langue d’amour Italian is a language (made) of love

Le français est une langue de prestige = French is a language (made) of prestige

 

La langue de la / de l’ / du + nomthe language of + noun

You are talking about a specific concept / idea

L’italien est la langue de l’amour Italian is ‘the’ language of love

Le français est la langue du prestige = French is ‘the’ language of prestige

 

 

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

You are talking about "prestige" in a general way. Not about a specific "prestige". Hence no definite article.

Linking words with de

Thanks for your helpful and amazing website. I have a question, why would you use « langues de prestige » and not « langues de la prestige »? 

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