use of de in negation


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28 May 2018

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use of de in negation

In the answer "je n'aime pas les sports" I thought de was used in negation rather than le, la, une, etc. Is this totally incorrect? What are the rules for using de rather than le, la, etc.


Kwiziq community member

28 May 2018


There are some verbs, mostly aimer, which don't follow this rule. They don't use the partitive "de". Similarly with "sans" and "".

Je n'aime pas le café.
Je prends le café sans sucre.
Je ne bois ni café ni thé.

Hope this helps, -- Chris (not a native speaker).

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