with plurals, de becomes des.....

with plurals, de becomes des.....

Why isn't it "Nous ne faisons pas partie DES amis" as "ses amis" is plural? But then I guess that would apply to "de les amis", so what's going on here?
Asked 3 years ago
GruffKwiziq language super star

Hi Steven, in negative expressions, we always use de or d' irrespective of plurality. See this lesson: du, de la, de l', & des all become de or d' in negative sentences

Merci, une réponse très rapide! But how do we deal with posessive articles when it's not negative? So, "nous faisons partie (de ses) amis = .....des amis; je fais partie (de mes) invités = ....des invités?
LauraKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Steven,

Possessive adjectives don't contract, so you'd say nous faisons partie de ses amis, je fais partie de mes invités, etc.

Or if you're not using the adjective, then yes, you say des amis, des invités.

with plurals, de becomes des.....

Why isn't it "Nous ne faisons pas partie DES amis" as "ses amis" is plural? But then I guess that would apply to "de les amis", so what's going on here?

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