"Il y a de petites chaussettes."
Translation:There are small socks.
When an adjective is placed before a plural noun, des becomes de. So...
* des chaussettes
~ becomes ~
* de petites chaussettes
The grammar notes associated with Plurals 2 go into this: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Plurals-2/tips-and-notes
I have the same question. If it were singular would the sentence be, "C'est un petite chaussette"? I'd thought I'd been corrected for doing this previously, that I was supposed to use "il y a" whether singular or plural. I cannot find my answer in the Tips and Notes prior to this lesson. Thanks for your help.
Thanks for differentiating (sorry about the typo). So that brings me back to Laura's question: how do we know it's plural when we are listening, only? They both begin with "il y a de" and "petite chaussette" sounds just like "petites chaussettes." It irks me to be marked wrong if there is no difference in pronunciations; but I'll accept it if it's just MY ears which cannot hear the difference. I don't think the "s" is pronounced in either word, and there's no verb, no pronoun to clue me in. Help, please! Thank you.
I've found the answer :) When an adjective is placed before a plural noun, des becomes de, therefore de = des which is used only with the plural. The sentence in the singular would be "Il y a une petite chaussette" :) https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Plurals-2/tips-and-notes
Oh, my! I knew that, but for some reason it wasn't clicking in this sentence. Thank you so much, Laura! De without -s or la/le HAS to be for plural. So simple! Merci; merci beaucoups!!!
That doesn't sound right to me, although I could be wrong. For a single item like a sock, you'd say il y a une petite chaussette. il y a de petite chaussette doesn't make any sense - it means "There is (some) small sock". So, when you're talking about countable items like socks, you know that de [adjective] [noun] is plural, because it doesn't work with singular nouns.
In the singular, de would only be used to things of mass quantity or uncountable nouns.