with plurals, de becomes des.....

Steven

Kwiziq community member

31 August 2016

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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?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Faire partie de = To be part of"

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

31 August 2016

31/08/16

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

Steven

Kwiziq community member

31 August 2016

31/08/16

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?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

1 September 2016

1/09/16

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.

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