Role of "des"

GaryC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Role of "des"

I don't understand the construction of " j'avais des démangeaisons ".  What is the role of "des"?  It looks like a preposition between an auxiliary verb and a main verb.  Or is "démangeaisons " a noun?  It certainly looks like a verb.  Thanks for any help.

Asked 2 months ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Gary, ‘ démangeaison ‘ is a noun. Hence the article -  ‘ des démangeaisons ‘. 

There is also the verb ‘démanger’ - but none of the verb conjugations have the same form as the noun.

https://www.wordreference.com/fren/démangeaison

 https://www.wordreference.com/fren/démanger

 https://www.wordreference.com/conj/frverbs.aspx?v=démanger

GaryC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

THanks Maarten!  Very concise and clear.

Role of "des"

I don't understand the construction of " j'avais des démangeaisons ".  What is the role of "des"?  It looks like a preposition between an auxiliary verb and a main verb.  Or is "démangeaisons " a noun?  It certainly looks like a verb.  Thanks for any help.

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