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De vs Des

How come it’s DE petits outils and not DES petits outils

November 21, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/MikeNolan6

According to Monique L'Huillier in "Advanced French Grammar", des becomes d' or de when the noun is preceded by an adjective.

Thus it would be 'des outils' but 'de petits outils'.

In English, one would say 'an orange' but 'a small orange', so the presence of an adjective affects the choice of article there, too.

November 21, 2017

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Merciii monsieur

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeNolan6

De rien.

Now, do you know why in this case the adjective goes in front of the noun rather than after it?

You would say 'de petits outils' but 'des outils jaunes'.

November 21, 2017

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It’s de petit outils because the adjective is apart of the BANGS exception and when the adjective is size related it goes in front of the noun monsieur

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MikeNolan6

Oui! C'est parfait.

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Theo72757

Merci :)

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Prenom.Pierre

Théo your twin has already asked the question this morning

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25280294

November 21, 2017

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Haha it said the last time I tried to ask the question it didn’t work :(

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhL0vAhof7Z

:-) In which sentence ?

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Theo72757

It’s not a sentence but the question is a small tool, small tools

November 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WarriorCats10

No idea. There pretty much the same, but I guess it's like "a" and "an" in English.

November 21, 2017
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