Pourrais-je avoir un peu de lait? Why is it not 'du lait' as in "pourrais-je avoir du lait?"

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

21 December 2017

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Pourrais-je avoir un peu de lait? Why is it not 'du lait' as in "pourrais-je avoir du lait?"

This relates to:
Quelque(s) vs (un) peu de = A couple/a few vs a bit of/few (indefinite adjectives) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

21 December 2017

21/12/17

Because there is an amount specified for the milk ("un peu") you don't use the article, just "de". If you say "je voudrais du lait' you're just asking for some milk, no amount specified, hence the article which makes "de" to "du".

There is a specific lesson dedicated to the partitive article.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

21 December 2017

21/12/17

Thank you, I now understand.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

22 December 2017

22/12/17

Bonjour Stewart !

Indeed, with expression of quantity like "beaucoup de, un peu de...", you will only use "du" if you mean "a lot of the, a bit of the", as such:

Je bois un peu de lait.
I drink a bit of milk.

Je bois un peu du lait que j'ai trouvé dans le frigo.
I drink a bit of the milk that I found in the fridge.

Here's our lesson about partitive articles:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/du-de-la-de-l-are-used-to-express-some-or-any-partitive-articles



I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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