So If I want to say, for example

In this episode of the famous cartoon",

and seeing that "cartoon" is masculine in French, do I say

Dans cet épisode du célèbre dessin animé


Dans cet épisode de le célèbre dessin animé.

I mean seeing that I'm using "de" as "of" and "le" as "the" and not for unspecified singular quantity, does the rule de+le=du still apply?

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Yes. You must use "du" there. The only case where you may write "de le" is if it’s followed by a infinitive verb. Like in « Impossible de le voir » → "Impossible to see it/him".

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    Yes, in the de le + infinitive case, le is a pronoun (it/him) , not an article (the).
    – jlliagre
    Commented Oct 18, 2017 at 16:32
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    Or rather le + verb in any conjugation!
    – Luke Sawczak
    Commented Oct 18, 2017 at 17:15

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