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On an apparent “masstermization” phenomenon in contemporary informal French: “il y a de la jolie nana par ici”

I have noticed a tendency to "masstermize" nouns (so to say) in contemporary informal French. What I call "masstermize" a noun is to use a countable noun in the following way : verb + partitive ...
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On achète “du” or “le” fromage?

Is it incorrect to say "on achète le fromage à la fromagerie?" (I know "on achète du fromage" is better) Similarly would it be incorrect to write "on achète les baguettes à la boulangerie"?
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L'impact de l'emploi de la préposition « parmi » dans le choix de la préposition utilisée dans le renforcement du superlatif relatif ?

Le Canada est responsable de 1,6 % des émissions mondiales de GES, mais les émissions par habitant sont parmi les plus élevées du monde. (ds. Le pétrole albertain plus polluant que tout le Québec, ...
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Partitive X definite article

I've been struggling to understand something that must be really easy I'm failing to get it though. What is the difference between "je veux d'argent" and "je veux de l'argent"? Moreover, I think that ...
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Du très bon fromage ou un très bon fromage

As far as I know the first one is correct but lately I was doing some exercises and the answer written in the model answer was (un très bon fromage).
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Article partitif : combien de formes ?

Je me demande pourquoi il n'y a pas de consensus entre les livres de grammaire du français à propos de l'article partitif et ses formes. Par exemple : Le livre A French Reference Grammar (1967, H. ...
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Why “de” in “à de”?

On my Palmolive brand dishwashing soap, one of the warnings on the label is: NE PAS MÉLANGER À DE L'EAU DE JAVEL. DO NOT USE WITH CHLORINE BLEACH I am trying to understand why the "de" is in ...
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Do native speakers of French generally use “du/de la” when thinking of nouns like eau, sel, etc?

This is sort of a question about the extent to which French speakers associate partitive articles with nouns that use them. If you ask for water at a restaurant, you might say "De l'eau, s'il vous ...
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Replacing direct objects built with the partitive “du”/“de la” with pronouns

I have an assignment to replace direct objects with their pronouns, but I've been having trouble with one question. How would you replace the direct object in: Est-ce que tu veux manger de la ...
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“Plus” vs “un peu plus”?

I'm aware that you pronounce "plus" with an s sound when it's positive and you don't pronounce it when it's negative, but if you wanted to ask for more soup, wouldn't this be ambiguous in writing? For ...
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How to parse “ce que l’on appelle de l’amour”

The question is on the clause as highlighted in this passage from La porte étroite by André Gide. Parfois j’hésite si ce que j’éprouve pour lui c’est bien ce que l’on appelle de l’amour – tant la ...
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“De ces” instead of “des” when “de” is partitive?

I encountered this sentence while reading Astérix, shouted by a Roman soldier as he flees Assurancetourix's singing in the forest: Ils ont de ces armes secrètes, les gaulois, qui devraient être ...
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Why “de” in “de vos nouvelles”?

The translation of "Nice to hear from you again!" is C'est bon d'avoir de vos nouvelles ! Why is de necessary in de vos nouvelles? Why can't we just say vos nouvelles? In a similar example, we ...
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Why don't “des”, “de la”, “du” always become “de” in negative sentences?

I learn French on my own, I do the exercises from "Grammaire-Cours de Civilisation française de la Sorbonne- 350 exercices, Niveau Superieur I". In that book, there is an exercise as follows ...
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L'article partitif : « de l'aide »

Est-ce que on emploie l'article partitif avec le nom « aide » ? Par exemple, dit-on « J'ai besoin de l'aide » ou « J'ai besoin d'aide » ? Ou « Tu veux de l'aide » ou « Tu veux d'aide » ?
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How to resolve the dilemma of saying “accoucher de de telles histoires”?

Seules des bardes pourraient accoucher de de telles histoires ! Am I correct in thinking that: "accoucher de" in the sense of "come up with (an idea)" needs to be accompanied by "de"? in order to ...
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Why the need to place “du” in the phase “Du Lowell tout craché”?

Du Lowell tout craché, en effet. As I understand it, this sentence means: That’s very typical of Lowell, indeed. But I’m not sure why you need to place "du" at the top.
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Why is “une information” correct in French, but not its English equivalent?

In English, information is uncountable, so an information is incorrect, but I often see the French equivalent une information (as in donner une information). Why is this correct? Should I prefer the ...
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What is rule of saying using de after “Le prix de la salade de tomates…”

Generally with food we use du, de la, de l' and des according to the Gender and Number. In this case is, de+la=de la, or is it simply de+ la salade de tomates? What I mean to ask is that whether the "...
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“On y trouve de tout”?

I heard this said by a native speaker, translated in subtitles as "We can find anything there." (With reference to shopping in Reims.) I have not seen trouver de qch before. I would have thought this ...
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Partitive before adjective?

I'm having a hard time finding a definitive reference for a simple question: how do partitive articles behave before adjectives? Most resources mention that des becomes de, but it's unclear to me what ...
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“C'est du mauvais français” du vs de ?

Another user pointed out some poor phrasing in a French sentence I had linked to by saying "C'est du mauvais français." I am not sure why this uses du rather than de; my impression was that the ...
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C'est du piment rouge or C'est un piment rouge?

The other day I was reading a French comic when I noticed one of the characters said this: Vous mentez! C'est du piment rouge! Note the use of the partitive. This strikes me as a little odd, since ...
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Why is “de l'eau” changed to “d'eau” in the negative sentence?

Les garçons ont de l'eau. (The boys have [some] water) Les garçons n'ont pas d'eau. (The boys do not have water) Here are the things I am aware of: I have read this answer de la has been changed ...
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L'utilisation du partitif dans la phrase « J'aurais trouvé du travail » ?

Si j'étais rentré en France, j'aurais trouvé du travail. Pourquoi on utilise le partitif et pas un article indéfini? Est-ce que la phrase « J'aurais trouvé un travail » est correcte quand même ? ...
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The use of the “en” pronoun

My French teacher taught me that when you are asked to replace any noun followed by “de”, always use the personal pronoun “en”. However, I presumed that she was always referring to any noun followed ...
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How to use partitive articles following possessive adjectives?

For instance, how would I translate the following sentence? Where is my water? And I mean specifically using eau, not cheating by using mon verre. Would it be Où est mon eau? or Où est mon d'eau?...
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Quelles expériences s'utilisent sans l'article partitif ?

Il y a des fois où, pour la description d'une expérience ou émotion, on n'utilise pas l'article partitif, par exemple: J'ai peur. J'ai chaud. Alors, j'ai été surpris quand j'ai vu J'ai de ...
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L'article partitif après « besoin »

On dit j'ai besoin de fruits mais je mange des fruits. Je pense qu'on pourrait dire j'ai besoin des fruits si et seulement si il y a des fruits particuliers dont on a besoin, mais avec "...
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Are “de la bière” and “de bière” both acceptable?

Are the following sentences both correct? Je donne de la bière à Jean; Je donne de bière à Jean.
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L'article partitif dans des phrases négatives

Ce qui suit est issu de la page 20 de Schaum's Outline of French Grammar de Mary Crocker : Normally, in negative sentences, the partitive article is replaced by de... Note that de becomes d’ ...
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Usage of “de” that is before an adjective [duplicate]

Why do you have to include de before nombreux? Is it because the adjective requires a preposition? What is the grammatical reason for putting de before nombreux? Pour de nombreux Américains, la ...
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La difference entre « j'aime le fromage » et « j'aime du fromage »

La phrase « I like cheese » se traduit « j'aime le fromage » et « J'aime du fromage ». Quelle est la différence ?
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« Parler de » + un article partitif ou l'article indéfini « des » ?

Je veux exprimer la notion anglaise : It talks about French tax evasion. (où « it » est un documentaire) En la traduisant, je suis arrivé à : Il parle de des évasions fiscale des française. ...
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Does “je bois du café” make correct use of partitives?

I would like to know how to say in French "I drink coffee" in a general meaning I'm thinking about "je bois du café", is it right? I have some doubts using the partitifs.
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Does “il y en a” always mean “there is / are some”? Does “il n'y en a pas” always mean “there isn't / aren't any”?

Do these constructions have a standardized way of being translated into English, or can their translation vary based on context? More details: I have noticed that these constructions are usually ...
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The partitive articles in negative sentences

In this sentence “de” is an article partitif: Il ne boit pas de café au petit déjeuner. Why? Is there any préposition de négation generally? Update: In negations “ne … plus”, “ne … jamais”, … ...
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Usage of “d'eau” vs “de l'eau”

I'm confused about when to use “d'eau” and when to use “de l'eau”. For example, if someone asks “what is in that carafe?”, I think it is correct to answer “c'est de l'eau”. But if you ask for a carafe ...