"The girls' skirts are big."
Translation:Les jupes des filles sont grandes.
1: de is used if an adjective precedes the noun. 2: du is used if the noun is masculine. 3: de la is used if the noun is feminine. 4:des is used if the noun is plural. Hence, in conversation, du is not a conversational or usage convention. Would you be understood? Likely, but they would know your grammar is poor.
I am sorry, but your answer is incomplete the full explanation includes: de la for feminine nouns; de l' for nouns commencing with a vowel. And another form is de when an adjective precedes the noun, although this form is not used to indicate possession. I hope that helps.
Pardon the expression, but let me defrick the sentence. In English, we are lucky, a simple apostrophe indicates possession. In french there are three: 1du is used when the noun is masculine de+le =du 2. de la is used if the noun is feminine 3. des is used if the noun is in the plural. 4. In the lesson on colours we also learned that de is used if an adjective precedes the noun. I am unsure whether the last form is used in the possessive. Hope you have a frickin; awesome day.
I'm finding a lot of the time the male voice speaks very quickly. Too quickly to properly follow the spoken phrase with reading, which is how I best learn (experiencing two modes together simultaneously, which is what I LOVE about Duolingo). This is incredibly frustrating though the female voice speaks at an easy pace to follow! Is there any chance, dear Duolingo, that this can be remedied for us enthusiastic beginners?
I have read the other comments, but I am still confused how to decide when to use "de" and "des" in this example. From other lessons I have noticed that one uses "de" when there is an adjective involved, for example "de chemises bleues" or "de petits chiens" rather than "des" in these examples. In this lessons I would understand using "des" if there were not the word "big" used to describe the skirts. Any help in clarifying the rules around this would be helpful, Thank you.