Translation:Do you have the vegetable recipes?
It's both actually.
"Des" can be an indefinite article along side with "un" and "une" which are used for masculine and feminine nouns respectively. 'Des' is used for both masculine and feminine nouns that are plural. So technically, it's the plural of "un, une"
"Des" can also be a partitive article, along side with"du, de la, de l' and des".
Du= de+le, used with masculine nouns. De la, is used with feminine nouns. De l' , is used with both masculine and feminine nouns starting with a vowel. Des= de+ les, used with both masculine and feminine plural nouns.
Indefinite articles are used with countable nouns, and partitive articles are used with uncountable nouns.
So depending on whether the noun is countable or not, "des" is either an indefinite article or a partitive article.
You could fact check on; http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/de-vs-du-de-la-des_2.htm
I agree, but for a different reason... Every lesson up to this point has made it very clear that nouns must always have an article. So, any time you talk about some amount of vegetables, it MUST be "a vegetable" ("une légume") or "some vegetables" ("des légumes") or "the vegetables" ("les légumes").
So, either this sentence is introducing a new rule or it's incorrect. It sounds incorrect to me, just because I've been thoroughly conditioned (up to now) to always have an article in front of a noun.
I am aware (from reading elsewhere) that things like professions are exceptions to the rule... For example, "I am professor" is correct in French (to use an extremely literal translation). Clearly, vegetables don't qualify for this exception.
They do except when it's between two nouns in which the second one is unspecified (for more; http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/de-vs-du-de-la-des_3.htm), so "de" here would correspond to the English word "of" rather than being an infinitive or partitive article (see definitions in my comment above).
And except when there's an adjective before the noun.
- Des pommes ( used as an indefinite article, so it mean "apples" as in "some apples")
- De bonnes pommes (meaning; good apples)
- Jus de fruits (meaning; fruit juice)
I answered "de légume" (because I heard "de" instead of "des") and got it wrong. Then I did some google translates:
recipes of the vegetables : recettes de légumes
benefits of the vegetables : avantages des légumes
recipes of the meats : recettes de viandes
taste of the meats : goût des viandes
recipe of the vegetables : recette des légumes
recipe of vegetables : recette de légumes
recipe of the vegetable : recette du legume
I guess it's just an exception that we'll find when saying "recipes of (food category)" in French because of a reason still unknown to me (I hope someone here will explain). I don't know if there are others nouns with the same exception ["nouns/noun of (a category)"].
I hope this can help some of you still looking for an answer here...
I am still a beginner and by no means a French expert, but I did take a few classes and I learnt that there are some instances where "de" is used without an article.
Such as when describing quantities, like a litre of milk or a cup of flour, we say "un litre DE lait" and "deux tasses DE farine" without using "du", "de la" or "des".
In the above example, we are not actually talking about vegetables, we are talking about recipes (i.e. this is the noun), and the recipes contain vegetables. So we use "de" alone because we are describing a quantity of vegetables (i.e. "des recettes de légumes")
The reason it is "légumes" and not "légume" is because the recipes contain more than one vegetable, they are recipes of vegetables plural. In english we do not have this distinction, so it seems more natural to say vegetable recipes instead of vegetables recipes.
This is my understanding at least...correct me if I am wrong please!
This should explain it; http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/de-vs-du-de-la-des_3.htm
If it doesn't, tell me. I'll try myself.
because it´s like the recipes of vegetables (vegetable recipes), which makes "de" a word that specifies a TYPE of recipes and has nothing to do with real vegetables that would require an article.
it´s like: 'Game of Thrones' <- what KIND of game? - not: 'Game of the Thrones'.
Am I right?
It's the best explanation so far. But I would like sitesurf or another native speaker to corroborate it, s'il vous plait.
Specially because I'm almost sure that there was another (less advanced) exercise where the phrase "recettes DES légumes" was included. Probably the affirmative version of this one.
You could check this link out; http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/de-vs-du-de-la-des_3.htm