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What is the correct phrase: de petites chambres or des petites chambres? I believe that de petites chambres is the corrected version, but why?

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Il y a une différence de sens :

Cet hôtel a de petites chambres signifie que toutes les chambres de l'hôtel sont petites (par rapport à la moyenne, ou par rapport à ce que l'on attend, etc.).

Cet hôtel a des petites chambres laisse entendre qu'il possède aussi des chambres plus grandes.

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Both are correct, it depends on what you want to say (and usage, too, to some extent). Using de here is an undefinite article, contraction of de des: you are talking about small rooms in general. Using des here is a definite article, contraction of de les: you are talking about some specific, identified small rooms.

Examples of padbrest in the other answer are great illustrations of that difference.

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    Un commentaire sur le pourquoi du vote négatif ne fait jamais de mal? :/ – mont29 Apr 17 '15 at 7:40
  • No idea, great answer! – Franck Dernoncourt Apr 17 '15 at 13:32
  • What you wrote is simply wrong in this context. Des is the contraction de les only when de is a preposition. There is no preposition in this sentence. – Stéphane Gimenez Jul 17 '17 at 21:12

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