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

"De bonnes fraises"

December 23, 2012

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

Des becomes de when the adjective is before the noun.


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

Why isn't it "Des bonnes fraises"?


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

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


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

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


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

Perhaps you misread the comment from the previous thread.


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" ?


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

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


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

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


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"


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

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

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