Using the partitive article

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Using the partitive article

Hello! This is an example given for a partitive article:

Tu veux des pommes de terre?
Do you want some potatoes?

My question: is “des” both a plural of the partitive articles (used with uncountable or mass nouns)  AND  a plural of the indefinite article (used with countable nouns)? In the example above, potatoes are countable so they would take the definite or indefinite articles. But the sentence is used as an example of the partitive.

It’s probably a stupid or obvious question but I’m confused!

Thank you!

Asked 4 months ago
LauraKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Lisa,

Not a stupid question at all! You're absolutely right, des is both the plural indefinite article and the plural partitive, and in this example it's the former.

Using the partitive article

Hello! This is an example given for a partitive article:

Tu veux des pommes de terre?
Do you want some potatoes?

My question: is “des” both a plural of the partitive articles (used with uncountable or mass nouns)  AND  a plural of the indefinite article (used with countable nouns)? In the example above, potatoes are countable so they would take the definite or indefinite articles. But the sentence is used as an example of the partitive.

It’s probably a stupid or obvious question but I’m confused!

Thank you!

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