I came to know that before French nouns we have to put article accordingly for (masculine/feminine/plural) But I'm stuck as where to put the article in the following sentence:

I have 5 red cars.

J'ai des 5 voitures rouges.


J'ai 5 des voitures rouges.

Which one is correct or are they both wrong?


The first one is grammatically wrong, the second one is a wrong translation.

The numeral removes the requirement for an article so that should be:

J'ai cinq voitures rouges.

Variants would have a different meaning:

J'ai les cinq voitures rouges.

I have the five red cars (There are exactly five red cars and they are all mine).

J'ai cinq des voitures rouges.

I have five out of the red cars (There are more that five red cars, five of them are mine).

  • can you provide me the website /resource for learning rules for no article before noun .
    – rajkumar
    Mar 19 '15 at 7:32
  • As a side note: for complementary info, when you are however using ordinal values, the article gets back into business. Example: I own the fifth car ==> la cinquième voiture m'appartient
    – alainlompo
    Mar 28 '15 at 7:50

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