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The use of 'de'

How do I know when to use 'de' or 'de la/du' in a sentence? Here's some examples, which are the correct one? Je mange du pain avec la confiture de fraise / Je mange du pain avec la confiture de la ...
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Is elision applicable to acronyms? For instance, is it "LE xml" or "L'xml" ?

I couldn't find (yet) a solid reference for this rule, but I think it's generally admitted that elision happens in french with words starting with a vowel or a silent "h", like in L'arbre L'...
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"parler d'architecture" "parler de l'architecture"

Intuitively I thought it must be "parler de l'architecture" but I have seen sentences with "parler d'architecture". I'm having trouble discerning exact semantic differences in the ...
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« Une tête de plus que » et « la tête de plus que »

La Petite Fadette, George Sand Sylvinet n’avait pas quitté son frère, et, quoiqu’il ne l’approuvât point d’avoir soulevé cette querelle, il se tenait tout prêt à le soutenir. Il y avait là quatre ou ...
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Use of the definite article

I came across this sentence the other day: Dès que je parle de sport, tu penses tout de suite au football Is it grammatically correct? If so, why is the word 'sport' used without a definite article ...
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Struggling with definite/indefinite article usage in French

I wrote this phrase in an online course: "En faisant du velo je regardais des paysages." However the teacher insisted on using les instead of des. But in fact I did not want to express the ...
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Why does French use definite plural articles when the meaning is indefinite?

Google translate says that "The team solves operational problems" translates into "L'équipe résout les problèmes opérationnels". It is impossible a single team to be able to solve ...
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Why do we use apostrophe in definite articles but not indefinite articles?

If we were to say the school in French, we would say: L'école The apostrophe is commonly taught to come so that vowels don't come close to each other. If we were to say 'a school' it would be: une ...
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The definite article in: être l'un(e) de quelque chose

La journée d'aujourd'hui va être— sera l' un des grands jours de ma vie. La franchise est l' une de mes qualités Why do we add a definite article in French before un(e)? Why do we say: it's the one ...
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'Un' vs 'le' for days

Nous sommes le lundi Nous sommes un lundi Je suis né un vingt-cinq décembre. Je suis né le vingt-cinq décembre. What's the difference in meaning in both pairs?
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Articles définis féminin. Y a-t-il toujours élision devant une voyelle ou un h muet ?

I ran into this exercise where I have to chose between articles definis féminins ou masculins. ... IV. Le ventre V l'industrie ... In Catalan, la + mot qui commence par une voyelle ou h ne s'élide ...
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Question on usage of 'de la' with 'avec' and 'beaucoup'

The sentences are taken from Duolingo and their translations are given below: Je préfère cuisiner avec de l'huile. I prefer cooking with oil. Il cuisine avec cinq huiles différentes. He cooks with ...
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Quand emploie-t-on l’article défini (Le/La) devant le mot « weekend » ou « semaine »

D’après ce que l’on m’a expliqué, on utilise « le » quand on parle de tous les samedis (par exemple), et on l’enlève quand on parle d’un jour précis, comme samedi dernier ou samedi prochain. Alors, ...
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Il a le sens de l'humour VS Il a un sens de l'humour

Il a le sens de l'humour. Il a un sens de l'humour. I was wondering about the difference in meaning between using "un" or "le". I tried searching for both versions and they were ...
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Need help with rearranging words [closed]

I have a task where I need to rearrange some french words to make meaningful sentences. fait, sport, du, Jules a, le, On, français, fois, de, cours, deux de, ordinateur, noir, L’, l’, écran, est vais,...
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Difference between "Souvenirs de famille" and "Souvenirs de la famille" [duplicate]

In my french book, there's a wedding photo and under it there's the title "Souvenirs de famille" and a paragraph describing the photo. I don't understand why the article "la" was ...
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Why are both definite article ("les") and possessive determiners ("mes", "tes") used here for body parts?

In this answer, I learned that with "correct" French, you aren't supposed to use possessive determiners for body parts ("ma tête, mes jambes"), but instead use a definite article (&...
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Why the definitive article instead of the preposition (and vice versa) in these sentences?

Sentence 1: "On a rendez-vous demain à midi." Sentence 2: "Il préfère travailler le soir." Why not "le midi" and "à soir", both with "le", both with &...
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Possessive adjective before a body part

I read that it's generally proscribed to use a possessive adjective before a body part. However, when I typed in "She loves massaging her legs" on Collins Translator, it gave the following ...
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Why is it "De l' " and not "Des" in this sentence

This is an exercise from Duolingo. So the exercise asks to translate this sentence: I ate pineapple everyday in Mexico. And the correct answer is: J'ai mangé de l'ananas tous les jours au Mexique. ...
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Use of definite article with negation after infinitive

I'm taking the coffee break French course and one of the lessons the instructor uses both: je ne mange pas de viande je ne peux pas manger la viande The first one I understand, but the second with ...
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Why "les croissants avec DU beurre" ?

I have passed this https://french-online.ru/articletest/ test (72 %, congrats me) but the first answer was wrong and it is confusing me. J’aime ... croissants avec ... beurre. Okay, "croissant" is ...
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Article défini "les", mais défini par qui? et comment?

Si je dis : les hommes sont bêtes. l'article « les » est supposé défini, mais qui en donne la définition ? Est-ce que ça n'inclut que les hommes bêtes (peu importe le nombre, mais du coup c'est ...
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Difference between “le cinéma” and “un cinéma”

I am currently learning French in school and found this: Qu'est-ce que tu fais le weekend? Je vais au cinéma But I believe that it should be "Je vais à un cinéma." since the listener does ...
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Why is there no article in the phrase 'Je parle français'?

I know most of the time an article is always needed in French. There are a couple of exceptions like: profession and nationality. Je suis canadienne. Je suis cuisinier. Why do we drop the article ...
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À la main vs à sa main

Elle a mal à la main. Elle a mal à sa main. Je crois qu'avec parties du corps l'on emploie l'article défini. Cependant, je me demande quand l'on peut employer le déterminant possessif et quelle ...
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Placement of "éclatante" + use of definite article

Je voudrais faire un site web de la mode (ou seulement « de mode » ? Je ne le sais même pas :( ) qui s'appelle « éclatant couture ». Mais je ne sais pas si « éclatante » doit être écrit avant ou ...
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Is the "les" needed in "dans les deux jours"?

Heard this sentence on a news broadcast: ...et il promet qu'il rentrera dans les deux jours. I would have said "dans deux jours." That's what I've always said for expressing "in X [units of time".....
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Pourquoi emploie-t-on un article pour le nom d'un pays ?

There are already great questions and answers about when to use an article before a country name, and what it implies, including « Je viens d'Allemagne » ou « je ...
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Quand « du » et quand « de » ?

Quelle est la différence entre l'article partitif du et l'article de ? Quand est-ce que je dois utiliser du plutôt que de ? En plus, pourquoi doit-on dire « je mange du poisson » mais « je bois de l'...
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