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"Young elephants' food"

March 6, 2013

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I thought one had to use 'de' if the modifier of the noun was in front of the noun. Now it wants 'des'?

March 6, 2013

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This means "the food of the young elephants" with the possessive form which does not exist in French.

All possessive constructions are identical in French: owned thing + de + definite article + owner.

"Des" here is not the plural of "un/une", but the contraction of de-les

Look at the singular forms: - la nourriture du jeune éléphant (= de-le) - la nourriture de la jeune éléphante

March 7, 2013

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Thanks. I do keep forgetting possessive construction, misinterpreting it as partitive.

March 7, 2013
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