Can you explain this ?!
In earlier lessons I've learned that whenever there's a negation we use the article de
So how can this scentenc here could be right?
On n'est pas des robots
On n'est pas de robots ?
The rule that negated verbs command "de" excludes the verb "être".
Just change this sentence to a singular:
- je ne suis pas un robot.
The plural of "un robot" is "des robots". So, the plural of "je ne suis pas un robot" is:
- nous ne sommes pas des robots.
With another verb now:
- je n'ai pas de robot(s) - meaning that otherwise, I would have one or several. In both cases, "de" drops the article and the noun can be singular or plural, depending on context.
It's still the same de but it has to agree with the number of the noun. So if it's "robots" then the de becomes des, which is its plural form.
On n'est pas de robot. / On n'est pas des robots. | Both of these are correct.
On n'est pas de robots. | This one is not.
ETA: I stand corrected! It should always be de in negations. Thank you, guys.
I don't think so. My understanding is that you use "de" in negative sentences always. Perhaps there are exceptions that I'm not aware of. Here's a page on this:- https://www.french-test.com/revision/grammar/the-partitive-article-in-negative-sentences
That's a very useful page! Seems like I was wrong, so thank you for the correction!
But when a sentence is negated in French, des changes to de. So I'm not entirely sure. I will ask Sitesurf. :)
I've contacted her, so she will post here(hopefully). Yes, and the same applies when the adjective goes before the noun.
So, instead of "Nous avons des jolies filles," it would be "Nous avons de jolies filles".
And here I was, making sure it always agrees with the number and gender! Thanks, PJMCD. I'll keep an eye on this dicussion for Sitesurf's contribution.
De rien! Just another unnecessary complication in a language! But of course completely necessary. :)