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Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 5:11:23 PM
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In the sentence,"ce singe a de longs poils", how to understand the meaning of "de"?

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Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 11:14:15 AM
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Hi !

I'm french, but my english is not really good. I would say "de" means "some".
I think in english "some" won't be used, you just say "this monkey has long hairs" instead of "this monkey has some long hairs".
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 11:26:22 AM

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You would probably expect "des longs poils" as an indefinite article for an indefinite quantity
as you have learnt des livres, des enfants, des voitures for books, children, cars.
But when the plural noun has an adjective before it French has a special rule. Then the indefinite plural article is not
"des" but "de". I can only say how it is, I have never understood the logic of this rule.

And, of course, no rule without exception. When the adjective is not simply describing a quality of the noun but forms
a special unity with the noun (then it is an entry in the dictionary) you use "des":
des petits pains - (bread) rolls
Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 1:36:07 PM
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Wow. Who would have guessed that, even if, I think, I have learned somewhere along learning grammar.

Thank you rogermue and toz
Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2014 12:27:32 PM

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Même si au pluriel, l'article partitif est des, si un adjectif épithète est placé devant le nom dans la langue écrite ou dans la langue orale soignée, on le remplace par de.

Exemple : Dans ce quartier il y a de grands restaurants.

Lorsque l'épithète et le nom forment une sorte de nom composé, on maintient des.

Exemple : Ce sont des (jeunes gens) pleins d'espoir.
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