Sam fait de l'aïkido.

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Sam fait de l'aïkido.

I do not understand why "Sams does Aikido" is translated as "Sam fait de l'aïkido.".  The lesson says that in front of masculine nouns that de le and les will contract to du and des.  Why is this not "Sam fait du aïkido"?  

Thank you.

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

Contraction does not occur with « de/à  l'....», regardless of gender - so before checking the gender of the noun , check whether it starts with a vowel or h muet - in these cases it will eg de l'o(i)gnon, de l'aikido , à l'hôtel etc. 

À + le = au, à + les = aux, de + le = du, de + les = des (contractions of articles)

Sam fait de l'aïkido.

I do not understand why "Sams does Aikido" is translated as "Sam fait de l'aïkido.".  The lesson says that in front of masculine nouns that de le and les will contract to du and des.  Why is this not "Sam fait du aïkido"?  

Thank you.

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