confusion over when an article is needed.

Ann

Kwiziq community member

6 October 2018

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confusion over when an article is needed.

Subject of email= sujet de l'email.....pourquoi pas sujet d'email? 

Chris

Kwiziq community member

7 October 2018

7/10/18

Le sujet du mail. -- The subject of the mail (of a specific mail)

Le sujet de mail. -- The mail-subject (in general)

Ann

Kwiziq community member

7 October 2018

7/10/18

So, in the same writing challenge, "Master d'Anglais" is general? I have a lot of trouble seeing what is general in French. To me, it might have been Masterd'autre chose, so it seems specific. In another spot they use "entourer de falaises." Since we are describing a specific area and specific cliffs, why not entourer des falises? 

Chris

Kwiziq community member

8 October 2018

8/10/18

In some cases it is easier to see than in others. 

Une chanson d'amour. -- a love song (a song about love in general). 

Une chanson de l'amour. -- a song about love. 

I would say that without the article, the second noun modofies the first noun. So you could say:

Une chanson d'amour est une chanson de l'amour. 

The input of a native speaker would be appreciated. 

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