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Which of the two sentences is correct (and why):

Elle se cogne contre de table.

or

Elle se cogne contre la table.

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Just out of curiousity : why would you use the first (erroneous) sentence? Knowing why you actually make the mistake is actually more helpful than giving you broad rules about what the correct form is. –  Alexis Pigeon Aug 21 '13 at 14:52
    
Thanks Alexis, I'll remember your useful advice. Basically I thought of «de» as corresponding to «the» in English. –  Abhimanyu Arora Aug 21 '13 at 14:58
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@AbhimanyuArora Prepositions vary a lot between language, but de as a preposition is often translated by the. In a partitive article, it would be de la followed by an uncountable noun which table isn't. –  Gilles Aug 21 '13 at 21:19
    
@Gilles, Merçi. Yes indeed as preposition :-) as in «Je voudrais reserver des billets de train, svp». Well clarified by your comment. –  Abhimanyu Arora Aug 21 '13 at 22:08
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

The second sentence is correct

Elle se cogne contre la table.

La or le or les are definite articles. De isn't.

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