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.


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
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 7:40
  • No idea, great answer! Commented Apr 17, 2015 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. Commented Jul 17, 2017 at 21:12

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