https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

Elle a de grands yeux bleus

Can anyone explain me the "de" here? I can understand "Elle a les grands yeux", but why use "de"?

July 20, 2012

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/lpacker

When there is an adjective before a plural noun you use "de" instead of "des". If you are just saying "she has apples" you would say "elle a des pommes" but if "she has pretty apples" you would say "elle a de jolies pommes"

July 20, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/erickg6

In this case, the use of "de" is literally "She has some big blue eyes," as opposed the "les" which would be "She has the big blue eyes." In fact, I would say "Elle a des grands yeux bleus", but it could be because I speak canadian french.

July 20, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt

If you go down far enough in the questions, you will find a discussion on the same subject. The last time I checked there were 37 entries. (Really deep down, about two weeks ago.)

July 20, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Nathnainiel

As erickg6 confirms, I understand this construction is rarely used in spoken French nowadays.

October 30, 2013
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