Why are vin et eau without articles, yet le fromage et le lait are with?

Stuart

Kwiziq community member

19 July 2016

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Why are vin et eau without articles, yet le fromage et le lait are with?

This relates to:
Ne ... ni ... ni = Neither ... nor (negation) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

21 July 2016

21/07/16

Bonjour Stuart ! It depends on the meaning of the sentence: If you say "neither the wine nor the water", then it will be "ni le vin ni l'eau"; however, if you mean "neither wine nor water" in a more general context, then you will use "ni vin ni eau". I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Terri

Kwiziq community member

30 June 2017

30/06/17

I am really confused! In the lesson above, it says "Also note that when using 'ni', you omit the article after 'ni', unless you're talking about general things and using le, la, l', les." But here you are saying '"neither wine nor water" in a more general context you will use "ni vin ni eau"' (without the articles). What am I missing? Or am I being obtuse? Thank you for your help! Terri

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