https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashley259229

Des or de

I want to say I like learning new languages and when I search for how to say it I find two different answers.

Would it be: J'aime apprendre des nouvelles langues OR J'aime apprendre de nouvelles langues?

July 7, 2017

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia.s.h

In this case the second sentence should be the correct one!

when the adj. comes before the noun we use ''de'' If the adj. comes after the noun like: ( langues nouvelles )'' les'' is better to use than ''des'' in this case. because langues takes the definite article. Hope it helped ! I am not a native and ready to be corrected!

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jenshero

I would say the first one (des), but maybe someone can confirm ?

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashley259229

I thought it was the first one but seeing the second one as an option was a bit confusing. Thanks for the input!

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jenshero

Now I'm wondering whether the first one translates more as 'I like learning some new languages' and not just 'new languages'. Well, we'll see what other people comment! No problem.

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

Both mean exactly the same thing. The one with 'de' is formal, and the one with 'des' is informal. That is all. In spoken French, we try not to sound formal. Being grammatically correct will often make you sound very pretentious.

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jenshero

Interesting! Thanks for clearing that up.

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashley259229

Thank you so much for that info!

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatruAloeil

My comment on the bottom of the page just adds on more to this subject, but MarcD50 is correct; both situations work.

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piquewique

I am having problems on this one too. Duoingo has this sentence 'Je mange des fraises rouges' which I thought should have been de, because of the adjective that follows. Elsewhere it has 'Elle a de petits chiens'

August 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Derek91

La seconde option est correcte. On utlise « de » devant des adjectifs au pluriel qui sont devant le nom. Exemple : J'aime apprendre des langues -- > J'aime apprendre de nouvelles langues.

Il y a plus d'information ici : https://regardsurlefrancais.com/2016/04/18/quand-utilise-t-on-de-au-lieu-de-du-de-la-des/

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia.s.h

If we have adj. After the plural noun we use les right ?

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

No, we can also use 'des' in this case.

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia.s.h

Merci beaucoup !

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia.s.h

If you are a native speaker, couldn't you create French club to help beginners?

July 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

Clubs only exist on the app, and I do not use it much. Also, I think I help beginners better on this forum than I would with a club. I do not even know how a club could be of any help, to be honest.

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julia.s.h

Neither do I know about clubs. I thought that would help with native speakers like You! But thanks anyway Marc!

July 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elizadeux

I'm wondering if both would be correct but would mean slightly different things. For example, how would you say "I like to learn about new languages," as compared to "I like to learn new languages," or "I like to learn the new languages."

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hiiamsoshook

In the sentence "comment as-tu réussi à apprendre beaucoup de langues?" why isn't it "des langues"

May 11, 2018
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