manquer de or d' + [thing] ----- Partitive articles vs definite articles

UberB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

manquer de or d' + [thing] ----- Partitive articles vs definite articles

In the explannation above, it says:

"To express lacking [something], you will use manquer de or d' + [thing].

You do not need to use the partitive articles (du, de l', de la, des) here, just as you wouldn't say I lack thesugar but simply I lack sugar:"


It's a bit confusing because then all the examples use "de". You really have to your know your grammatical terms! I wonder if it would be clearer to say:

"You do not need to use the definite articles (le, l', la, les) here".


Just a thought.

Asked 3 months ago
JuliaA1Kwiziq community member

I agree with you,  very confusing.  I didn't understand this at all until I read your question several times.  Kwiziq does a poor job of teaching this missing/lacking stuff.

JuliaA1Kwiziq community member

I agree with you,  very confusing.  I didn't understand this at all until I read your question several times.  Kwiziq does a poor job of teaching this missing/lacking stuff.

Uber asked:View original

manquer de or d' + [thing] ----- Partitive articles vs definite articles

In the explannation above, it says:

"To express lacking [something], you will use manquer de or d' + [thing].

You do not need to use the partitive articles (du, de l', de la, des) here, just as you wouldn't say I lack thesugar but simply I lack sugar:"


It's a bit confusing because then all the examples use "de". You really have to your know your grammatical terms! I wonder if it would be clearer to say:

"You do not need to use the definite articles (le, l', la, les) here".


Just a thought.

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Ask a question

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level >>
I'll be right with you...