Inserting a seemingly unneccessary definite article


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7 July 2017

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Inserting a seemingly unneccessary definite article

In a similar vein to my question below ( I don't know where to find the relevant grammar topic ), there are many places in french where it seems one must insert a definite article where it would be omitted in English-- here are a couple of examples: "Il y a même des alcools spéciaux en France qui sont synonymes de l'apéritif comme le Pineau, le Muscadet que l’on sert avec une liqueur de fruit. " "Vous serrez la main que l'on vous tend." Why can't you say "qu'on sert"," qu'on vous tend" ?

This question relates to:
French lesson "C'est = It is"


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7 July 2017


Bonjour Melissa,

You can say on or l'on in these cases; l'on is a euphonic technique:

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