Why is "de" necessary in, "Les plantes produisent de l'oxygène?"

Susan

Kwiziq community member

3 September 2016

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Why is "de" necessary in, "Les plantes produisent de l'oxygène?"

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using le, la, l', les before nouns when generalising (definite articles)"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

5 September 2016

5/09/16

Bonjour Susan ! In this sentence, it's because we're considering that oxygen is not a countable thing (i.e. "Plants produce some oxygen."), therefore you need to use the partitive article, i.e. de l' . However, I agree that in this case, plants produce oxygen in general, therefore it would be more accurate to say : "Les plantes produisent l'oxygène.". Thanks to you, I edited the example. Merci et à bientôt !

Susan

Kwiziq community member

5 September 2016

5/09/16

Bonjour Aurélie! Thank you for your very thorough answer. À bientôt! s.

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