la pomme de terre

NazaninA1Kwiziq community member

la pomme de terre

Bonjour et excuse moi :) For the potato that we say la pomme de terre, why don't we say "la pomme de la terre" ? I mean shouldnt we use le /la/les as possesive after de?? Merci beaucoup
Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Nazanin, Good question. No, because "de" is not possessive here: it's not saying that the "apple" belongs to the ground, it's describing where it comes from.
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Nazanin ! Here you are not saying "the apple of THE earth", which would imply a possession by one of the other, but more "the earth apple" which is a general characteristic of that kind of apple. Therefore, you will not use the definite article "la" which makes it a specific case ("of THE earth"). Here it's not a case of possession, but rather a case of characterisation, such as explained in the following lesson: Compound nouns formed with prepositions à, de, en I hope that's helpful!
NazaninA1Kwiziq community member
Thank you very much
NazaninA1Kwiziq community member
And how is good that you answer quicly Nice of you and your team. :)

la pomme de terre

Bonjour et excuse moi :) For the potato that we say la pomme de terre, why don't we say "la pomme de la terre" ? I mean shouldnt we use le /la/les as possesive after de?? Merci beaucoup

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