Need to know when to use du and de la, de l'. Please help!
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Du is used when a noun has no article. For example, "du pain" is "bread" in english. De la translates to "some" in english. Ex: "de la nourriture" translates to "some food". "De l' is the same thing as "de la" but it's used when the noun has a silent h or begins with a vowel. Hope this helped. :-)
Quite right, but for one thing : du and de la are the same thing, but one is masculine (du is a contraction of de + le) and the other is feminine. But for masculine words beginning with vowels and silent h, you still use de l' if you use l' instead of le : "Je descends de l'avion." (avion is masculine), "J'ai de la difficulté à me souvenir de l'homophone approprié." (again, homophone is masculine).