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In the expression

C'est bon d'avoir de vos nouvelles !

we need the indefinite article de because "vos nouvelles" is indefinite in this sentence. (We don't know which news are mentioned.)

What are some other examples of this construction? When is it used? I don't usually see

C'est du mon riz.

or

Ce sont de vos chaises.

  • It's the use of de that makes vos nouvelles indefinite. You might find this post about the various uses of de interesting. – Laure SO - Écoute-nous Jan 1 '17 at 18:36
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C'est du mon riz is impossible because it would be using two consecutive definite determiners:
- le, article and definite determiner contained in the partitive article du (→ de+le) and
- vos which is a possessive definite determiner.

But one could have:

C'est de mon riz.

and

Ce sont de vos chaises.

where de is followed by just one determiner.

Having de in front of the determiner indicates that you designate a certain amount, not all your chairs, my rice, etc.

  • Thank you. Could you please explain the difference between "Ce sont de vos chaises" and "Ce sont vos chaises" (and similarly with "riz")? It is still not clear to me. – user11550 Jan 2 '17 at 1:53

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