In the following conversation (Jay Z to Beyoncé):
Ton mariage te rapporte des millions.
Why is "rapporter DES millions" used and not "rapporter LES millions"?
French Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss the finer points of the French language. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
"des" is an undefined article whereas "les" is a defined article.
We don't know where do they (the millions) come from, so it is undefined.
"les millions" would imply that they are defined by a context (where do they come from).
If we say just "les million" we consider that the person we're speaking to knows how they are defined, but it may be ambiguous. That's why the recommended way is to define them explicitly.
In the general case, money is not defined, that's why, you say most of the time "des millions".
The amount does not refer to a specific set of millions, so we use the indefinite article. It could/will be ANY milions, not those/these specific ones (about which, we may have spoken earlier, for example).