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A mysterious (to me ;) ) usage of "de"

I was given to translate this: Il a de grands chats. And the correct answer was: He has big cats.

Why "de" and not "des"?

I read French lessons discussing various uses of "de" and couldn't find one that matches. Is it a possesive "de"? Part of an expression? Something else? I'm lost.. :-/

December 11, 2012


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Hi Georgepepper, can you please have a look at this link?



I think you forgot to add the link itself... And thank you very very much for helping create this amazing site :-D

Update: I found the answer. If anyone had the same problem - A "des" (plural article), before an adjective that precedes a (plural) noun, changes to "de".

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