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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.

1 month ago

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Bonjour Conor,

Here it is

Look at the blue text. There you can see what category the word is in, as well as an example sentence. :) Bonne chance !

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chartreux

Your question is not obscure. Prepositions are difficult. Look in Tips and Notes #69 for sitesurf's very readable commentary: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/30372983

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConorNedel

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

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chartreux

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...

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConorNedel

Thank you !

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnMurray19

You gotta read about partitives. Once u get your head around that it will be easy to understand.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConorNedel

So in the example “rien d’autre” is the de a partitve? I think this is what’s confusing me :)

1 month ago
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