Use of de with plural nouns and adjectives

IanC1Kwiziq community member

Use of de with plural nouns and adjectives

"de branches cassées" is used rather than "des branches cassées".  The lesson states that "de" is correct when the adjective is before the noun, however I have noted recently on several occasions in exercises "de" has been used when the adjective is after the noun.  Am I missing something?
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CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Ian,

Here "de" is part of the expression "être jonché de [quelque chose]"

 

Le sol est jonché de branches The ground is strewn with branches

Le sol est jonché de branches cassées Le ground was strewn with broken branches

 

Take a look here: 

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/de-ou-des

Also, you could have "des" (de  + les) if the narrator were to mention something very specific about them:

Le sol est jonché des branches cassées que j'avais empilées plus tôt = The ground is strewn with the broken branches which I had stacked up earlier.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

There may be various reasons why de was used. Can you provide examples?

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Use of de with plural nouns and adjectives

"de branches cassées" is used rather than "des branches cassées".  The lesson states that "de" is correct when the adjective is before the noun, however I have noted recently on several occasions in exercises "de" has been used when the adjective is after the noun.  Am I missing something?

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