Quelque chose de spécial = Something special

Look at these examples:

Ils veulent lui offrir quelque chose de spécial.
They want to get her something special.

Je t'ai apporté quelque chose de délicieux.
I brought you something delicious.

Elle a vu quelque chose de très bizarre.
She saw something very strange.

 

Tu as dit quelque chose d'intéressant l'autre jour.
You said something interesting the other day.

Note that when it comes to express something + [adjective] in French, you need to add the preposition de after quelque chose

Although une chose (a thing) is a feminine word, the expression quelque chose is considered masculine, therefore the adjective will always be masculine and singular.

something [adjective] = quelque chose + de + [adjectif masculin singulier]


Don't forget that quelque chose are TWO words: never "quelquechose"!

 

de is used after quelque chose, rien, quelqu'un, personne + [adjectif] 

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Tu as dit quelque chose d'intéressant l'autre jour.
You said something interesting the other day.


Elle a vu quelque chose de très bizarre.
She saw something very strange.


Je t'ai apporté quelque chose de délicieux.
I brought you something delicious.


Ils veulent lui offrir quelque chose de spécial.
They want to get her something special.


Q&A Forum 3 questions, 5 answers

SaraB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

What would be some example sentences for the rule ‘de is used after quelque chose, rien, quelqu'un, personne + [adjectif] ’?

Not entirely sure what this rule entails / under what circumstances it operates. 

Thanks in advance! 

Asked 4 months ago
SaraB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributorCorrect answer

Please ignore - I just did the micro quiz and I get it now 

What would be some example sentences for the rule ‘de is used after quelque chose, rien, quelqu'un, personne + [adjectif] ’?

Not entirely sure what this rule entails / under what circumstances it operates. 

Thanks in advance! 

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AndreaC1Kwiziq community member

When you put an adjective after "rien de," "personne de," will it also be masculine singular?

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Andrea,

Yes it will also be masculine. 

-- Chris (not a native speaker). 

When you put an adjective after "rien de," "personne de," will it also be masculine singular?

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DavidB2Kwiziq community member

Rien de and quelque chose

The question used rien d' but the lesson is about quelque chose de. Does the same rule apply to no thing as to some thing?
Asked 2 years ago
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer
Note that when it comes to express something + [adjective] in French, you need to add the preposition de after quelque chose.
Although une chose (a thing) is a feminine word, the expression quelque chose is considered masculine, therefore the adjective will always be masculine and singular.
something [adjective] = quelque chose + de + [adjectif masculin singulier] *********de is used after quelque chose, RIEN, quelqu'un, personne + [adjectif] *****

J'espère que ma réponse vous aidera.
Bonne chance dans vos études en français.
DavidB2Kwiziq community member
Thanks Ron, I see the rien now at the bottom of the lesson. Must have missed it before. I clicked to vote but missed and voted a negative :-( je suis desolée. couldn't seem to change it or cancel it by adding 2 positive votes. getting too late I guess Thanks again David
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Bonjour David, Cela n'est pas une problème. Merci à vous. Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière.

Rien de and quelque chose

The question used rien d' but the lesson is about quelque chose de. Does the same rule apply to no thing as to some thing?

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