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Kwiziq community member
22 September 2018
When to use the partitive article when talking about general things?
It looks like sometimes you use the partitive article 'des' even when referring to general things, for example:
Le vin blanc me donne des maux de tête.
or the following sentence from an exercise: 'J'étudierais un sujet qui me plaît, en rencontrant des gens intéressants
Can someone explain this please?
This question relates to:French lesson "Using le, la, l', les before nouns when generalising (definite articles)"
Kwiziq language super star
4 October 2018
Thank you for your very interesting question and I will try and answer it.
In French for generalities you imply that it is almost a fact as in,
'Les enfants aiment le chocolat et les bonbons.'
It is not true of every child but of most of them.
I think you have to use the partitive in the two examples you give because:
'white wine clearly give you (some/a) headache'
In the second example 'you will meet (some) interesting people while studying...'
You might say: ' J'aime les gens intéressants' in that case it is all of the people under that genus.
It is so instinctive it's quite hard to explain...
Hope it helps!
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