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I'm currently learning French (it's not going very well, but hey, I'm trying. :))

I was looking at the word d'accord. I noticed the apostrophe. Is this a contraction?

I was thinking, possibly, "de accord" or "du accord".

Am I right, or wrong?

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Il s'agit bien de la contraction de de et accord.

On dit « ils sont d'accord » de la même façon qu'on dirait « ils sont de connivence » ou « ils sont de sortie » ou « cela est de mise » ou « il est de convenance ».


It is indeed a contraction of de and accord.

A few other phrasings have the same structure as “ils sont d'accord”. For example, “ils sont de connivence” or “ils sont de sortie” or “cela est de mise” or “il est de convenance”.

Also, according to French's elision rules, du accord isn't a valid combination. In different circumstances, de le accord contracts to de l'accord.

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Thank you for the extra information! I didn't know anything about the elision rules. Thanks again! –  jdersen Jul 11 at 19:17

When the expression être d'accord originated (early Middle-Ages) it was meant as the contraction of de. The primary meaning of accord being pacte (an agreement). But nowadays être d'accord is perceived as a lexical unit and absolutely no one will think of the d' as a contraction.

For more on the phrase être d'accord you can have a look at this post

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Paraitre, sembler, devenir, finir, tomber, mettred'accord are in use as well. It may be “perceived” like a lexical unit by some, but it isn't. –  Stéphane Gimenez Jul 11 at 8:19

D'accord est un expression idiomatique synonyme s'entendre, se concerter.

Ils se sont mis d'accord : ils ont la même opinion, ils ont les mêmes intentions.

Pour répondre à votre interrogation on peut entendre : on est d'accord par on s'accorde bien ; mais c'est la contraction de l'expression ;

D'[un commun] accord.

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Aucun rapport avec le sujet, mais il me semble qu'il faudrait ici dire expression idiomatique et pas idiome. cnrtl.fr/definition/idiome –  fkraiem Jul 11 at 13:12
    
@fkraiem Votre remarque est prise en compte. –  cl-r Jul 11 at 15:22

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