Could someone please explain why 'de' is needed in this sentence?

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G

Kwiziq community member

2 February 2018

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Could someone please explain why 'de' is needed in this sentence?

'J'écoute de la musique' Merci

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Conjugate dormir and other -mir verbs in Le Présent (present tense) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

3 February 2018

3/02/18

You can also say "j'écoute la musique" but it means "I am listening to the music", talking about a specific piece of music. Using "de la music", i.e., using the partitive article, it makes it unspecific: "I am listening to (some) music".

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

5 February 2018

5/02/18

I think this is because of the verb ´écouter' .
You have to use the partitive "de la" as you can only listen to some music at any one time.
You would say - "J'aime la musique " as it is a general statement about liking music in general.
Hope this helps !

Chris

Kwiziq community member

7 February 2018

7/02/18

But I believe you could, for example, say: "Tu as déjà écouté la musique de ce CD que je t'ai prêté?"


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

9 February 2018

9/02/18

Yes ,indeed but that makes it specific, to listen to music would always be écouter de la musique.

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