are de and des the same when it comes to plural denotation?

Patrick

Kwiziq community member

29 May 2017

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are de and des the same when it comes to plural denotation?

for example, is combien de livres Y a-t-il dans votre sac the same as combien des livres Y a-t-til dans votre sac?

This relates to:
Il y a = There is, There are -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

30 May 2017

30/05/17

Bonjour Patrick,
Typically "de" is singular and "des" is plural, After reviewing the lesson, Il y a beaucoup de chats the beaucoup de is a "fixed" expression, if you will meaning a lot of followed by the plural noun chats.
J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderez.
Ron

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

1 June 2017

1/06/17

Bonjour Patrick !

In the cases of "combien de, beaucoup de..." , "de" is actually the preposition "of" and as it's not followed by the article "les", it simply doesn't contract in "des".
As you know "des" in French can be both the plural of "un/une":
un chat / des chats = [some] cats
or the contraction of the preposition "de" (of/from) + "les" (the):
la mère des enfants = the mother of the children
Il vient des États-Unis = He is from the United States

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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