Can someone please define the difference between these two examples...du Pays de Galles and des Pays-Bas.

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Michael

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19 December 2018

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Can someone please define the difference between these two examples...du Pays de Galles and des Pays-Bas.

Is the first considered singular and the second plural?
Wales is sigular whereas The Netherlands is plural, in French?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Venir de, d', du, des + country / state / region = To come/be from"

Chris

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19 December 2018

19/12/18

Yes. Actually, the Netherlands is plural in English as well.

Fahad

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19 March 2019

19/03/19

keep in mind ‘pays’ is both singular and plural, depending on context. 

“ce pays” - this country; “ces pays” - these countries. The singular has an ‘s’ already, so it doesn’t change when you pluralise.

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