des vs les

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Kwiziq community member

2 December 2016

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des vs les

It's Christmas, so "I must of course buy presents" -> "Je dois bien sûr acheter les cadeaux" according to the lastest writing challenge. "presents" is not preceded by an article in English here, so we must pick "des" or "les" in French, but which one? The way I've understood it, it should be "les" when one is referring to all elements of a kind: "I hate apples" -> "Je déteste LES pommes", and "des" when referring to a subset: "I ate apples" -> "J'ai mangé DES pommes". Thus I expected ".. acheter DES cadeaux". So why is it "les" this time ?


Kwiziq community member

5 December 2016


Hi Joakim, Sorry, I haven't an answer, but I'm just writing to concur with your question, as I'm also puzzled by "les & des" & got it wrong in this writing challenge. I look forward to reading what answer is posted about this. Cheryl


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31 December 2018


Hi Joakim and Cheryl,

It is because it implies de Noël as in -

Je dois acheter les cadeaux (de Noël

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