In lesson plan 2, it's mentioned that "d' or de l' " are used with any noun starting with a vowel but I'd like to know the difference between d' and de l'. I mean what are the situations for using d' and those for using de l' ?
lesson plan 2 question
March 7, 2008
August 6, 2008
i too would like to know the answer to this question. can we use d' and de l' interchangeably? in the activities at the end, the answer to Q.41 is "une histoire d'amour" but is it also correct to write "une histoire de l'amour"? If not, then please tell me when we should use d' and when we should use de l'. a related question i have is whether to use "de" or "du" for masculine nouns. i know that we use "du" to replace the awkward sounding "de le" but don't all masculine nouns start with "le"? If so, doesn't that mean that we will be using "du" all the time? can you give me an example of when we would use "de" for a masculine noun?
August 21, 2008
I have the exact same questions. Could this be clarified a little bit? Thanks. :D
September 10, 2008
Hi there, Basically, "de" or "d' is "of" and "de l' is "some", just like "du" in a way. Have a look at the following examples: "une bouteille d'eau" (a bottle OF water) Je voudrais de l'eau (I would like SOME water) In regards to your question about the use of "de" and "du" for masculine nouns: You would say:" une bouteille DE vin (a bottle OF wine) "je voudrais DU vin (I'd like some wine) The expression for "a love story" is "une histoire d'amour". "Une histoire de l'amour" is possible but a more ambitious programme as it sounds like a book about the story of love. Subtle difference! Let me know if you would like some more examples to make it more clear. :D