How to distinguish between partitive articles du, de la, de l' ,des and FROM.

How to distinguish between partitive articles du, de la, de l' ,des and FROM.

They both contain the word "DE".
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Zubair !

That's a very good remark, and it works for the partitive articles (some), for "from the", but also "of the" which are both expressed with "DE + definite article" in French.
The answer I can give you is that context is the only way to differenciate them.

Here are some examples to practice :)
1- Je mange du pain. (I eat [some] bread. -> partitive)
2- J'ai sauté du bateau.  (I jumped from the boat.)
3- J'aime la sœur du facteur.   (I love the postman's sister -> the sister of the postman)

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

 

How to distinguish between partitive articles du, de la, de l' ,des and FROM.

They both contain the word "DE".

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