Uses of de
Bonjour à tous et merci en avance. I’m having trouble with some uses of de, I know it can mean from, of, to, among another things. I know French sentences are just different than English but is there any way of explaining? The only phrase I can think of right now is “anything else ?” “Rien d’autre? ” in this case what does de mean? What would the literal translation be? What category of words does it fall under. Sorry if my question is obscure.
So in the example of, “rien d’autre” is the de a preposition or a partitive or something else? I think this is where I’m getting confused
Sorry, it is a partitive but it is found in the prepositions notes here:
https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/30056698 ~ where you will find the following commentary: De may be found in numerous fixed expressions, especially after adverbs of quantity to form prepositional phrases like un peu de (“a little”) or beaucoup de ("a lot of"). In such cases, the partitive or indefinite article is removed...
You gotta read about partitives. Once u get your head around that it will be easy to understand.