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De la, de l', des, du

I need help, i can not understand when or how to use these.

January 21, 2018



Below is a good resource for learning about the use of the "partitive article."


Bonne chance!


First of all, these all mean "of the"

De l' precedes a noun that starts with a vowel or silent h, e.g. "de l'eau"

De la precedes a noun that is feminine, e.g. "de la natation"

Du precedes a noun that is masculine (you would never say 'de le'), e.g. "du poisson"

Des precedes a (feminine or masculine) plural noun, e.g. "des trottoirs"


If you are using Duolingo on a web based platform rather than an app, I recommend that you check out the Tips and Notes for Basics 1. There is a lot of good information there and it may help clear up some confusion.


Take a look at this page it will clarify it for you and make it easy.http://www.french-linguistics.co.uk/grammar/dudelades.shtml Bonne Chance :)

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