For instance, how would I translate the following sentence?

Where is my water?

And I mean specifically using eau, not cheating by using mon verre. Would it be Où est mon eau? or Où est mon d'eau?


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Où est mon eau?

Would be the correct translation here.

You seem to have trouble with d' here. Let me clarify:

Mon verre d'eau ~= Mon verre de eau as in Mon verre de lait

This is the actual way to read it, but you always contract the de if you can. It's the same as My glass of water. In English you wouldn't say Where is my of water, right?

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    I am uncertain what indicates that I am having trouble with when to contract d' or what it means . . . just wasn't positive whether I needed a partitive article after a possessive! Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 15:58
  • @Aerovistae Sorry if I assumed that; de, du, d', de la are usually the root of many problems in French, hence I thought you had problem understanding what it meant. Because this was an exemple that translates itself word to word (Où est mon d'eau = Where is my of water) which you would never say in English.
    – Sifu
    Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 16:03
  • Thanks :) I understand now; I suspected that was the case. Commented Jun 23, 2014 at 16:27
  • @Aerovistae If this answer solved your issue, don't forget to mark it as accepted. This removes the question from the Unanswered category.
    – Sifu
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 13:30

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