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Trouble with plurals

Can someone explain why it is:

Il a de grands chats

and not:

Il a des grands chats?

Is the de just random and I have to learn particular words that don't get des or is there a more obvious reason?


January 19, 2013



The rule for the use of 'de', or at least the one in this case, is it is used with a plural noun when there is an adjective before the noun, as in the sentence here. However, most adjectives come after the noun. There are only a comparative small number of them that usually come before. I hope this helps. French grammar is full of tricky little points.

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