De vs en

Joakim

Kwiziq community member

25 December 2016

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De vs en

Are these competely interchangeable for specifying what something is made of or are there pronounciation rules that indicate which one is better for a particular word?

This relates to:
Compound nouns formed with prepositions à, de, en -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

27 December 2016

27/12/16

Bonjour Joakim !

I would say that "en" implies that this is the main (and often only) element the thing is made of, whereas "de" would imply that it's one of the elements composing the thing, but there must be more.
Colloquially, "en" is used more often than "de".

I hope that's helpful!
Bonnes Fêtes et à bientôt !

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