https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CochonDeSurprise

"De bonnes fraises"

December 23, 2012

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

Des becomes de when the adjective is before the noun.

December 24, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Radoja

i think that "des" in this case refers to a belongings. "La nourriture des jeunes elephants"-the meal of young elephants.

January 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CochonDeSurprise

Why isn't it "Des bonnes fraises"?

December 23, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

As a general rule, "des" becomes "de" in front of an adjective.

January 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bonnie03

in a previous sentence the opposite was given i.e. de becomes des in front of an adjective (?)

April 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/northernguy

Perhaps you misread the comment from the previous thread.

April 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prky
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Yes, but how do we know from pronunciation whether the speaker is referring to "some good strawberries" or "good strawberry" ?

May 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

in singular, it would have been "UNE bonne fraise".

May 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carrymehigh

Wouldn't the female form be "de la"?

June 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

No, "de la" is used with uncountable substances, like "de la soupe" and "de la" is necessarily singular.

strawberries are countable, so singular "une fraise", plural "des fraises"

now, if you add an adjective just after "des", it becomes "de"

June 13, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M-JBurnside

Thanks for the explanation regarding de and des - much appreciated!

June 28, 2013
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