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Use of de in front of mieux

Manpreet kaurC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Use of de in front of mieux

Why are we adding de in front of  mieux in the sentence il n’y a rien de mieux  que d’’ouvrir..... 

Asked 3 years ago
MatthewC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributorCorrect answer

Salut, I think this is because 'de' follows 'rien'. i.e. 'rien de' = nothing, 'rien d'intéressant' = nothing interesting, 'rien d'autre' = nothing else, and so on. Therefore 'il n'y a rien de mieux que ...' means there is nothing better than ... 

 

Matthew

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Manpreet Kaur,

à défaut de mieux loc adv(sans meilleur choix)
Pure speculation on my part, but the above was copied from Word Reference where "de mieux" appears in that text  -  this indicates that "de mieux" does have a role to play so perhaps another contributor can add more and then we will both be the wiser.

Jim

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

qqc de mieu/pire/plus/... -- something better/worse/more/...

Use of de in front of mieux

Why are we adding de in front of  mieux in the sentence il n’y a rien de mieux  que d’’ouvrir..... 

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