D'animaux vs DES animaux

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10 May 2018

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D'animaux vs DES animaux

Why is it "Elle n'aime pas d'animaux" rather than "Elle n'aime pas DES animaux"? I didn't think that it mattered if the noun started with a vowel when it was plural; it would alway become "des" and the 's' would be pronounced in front of the vowel sound.

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French lesson "Du, de la, de l', des all become de or d' in negative sentences (partitive articles)"


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11 May 2018


Bonjour Maddie !

In this case -  negative sentences - the des becomes de.

J'ai des pommes.  -> Je n'ai pas de pommes.

And de will become d' in front of a vowel or mute "h", for pronunciation reasons.

J'ai des animaux.   -> Je n'ai pas d'animaux.

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

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