I incorrectly did that with the following sentence
Mais quand ma meilleure amie Miriam a décidé de le faire
Freeform Writing Exercise B1
‘de’ here is a preposition used to help introduce a verb (‘faire’). It is not a part of the partitive article as it doesn’t imply a quantity of an item, even if there is ‘le’ after it.
Here is a link with a list of verbs that follow the same pattern as ‘décider de + infinitif’: Verbs + de + [infinitive]
‘le’ is a direct object pronoun of the verb ‘faire’ and it refers to ‘to go study abroad’.
Here is a link on this specific topic: when-to-use-le-la-l-or-les-to-replace-nouns-direct-object-pronouns
Here is another link to partitive articles: french-partitive-articles
I hope this is helpful.
If le is followed by a noun: de + le + noun --> du + noun. (contracts)If le is followed by a verb: de + le + verb --> de + le + verb. (remains unchanged)
In other words, only if le is used as an article -- and not as a pronoun -- does it contract with a preceding de.
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