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using le as a pronoun

Marc M.C1Kwiziq community member

using le as a pronoun

I should know this, but can you tell me when using le as a pronoun which comes after  the preposition 'de' is the rule that it never becomes' Du'?


I incorrectly did that with the following sentence

Mais quand ma meilleure amie Miriam a décidé de le faire

Asked 3 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Mark,

‘de’ here is a preposition used to help introduce a verb (‘faire’). It is not a part of the partitive article as it doesn’t imply a quantity of an item, even if there is ‘le’ after it.

Here is a link with a list of verbs that follow the same pattern as ‘décider de + infinitif’: Verbs + de + [infinitive]

‘le’ is a direct object pronoun of the verbfaire’ and it refers to ‘to go study abroad’.

Here is a link on this specific topic: when-to-use-le-la-l-or-les-to-replace-nouns-direct-object-pronouns

Here is another link to partitive articles: french-partitive-articles

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée!

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Simple rule:

If le is followed by a noun: de + le + noun --> du + noun. (contracts)
If le is followed by a verb: de + le + verb --> de + le + verb. (remains unchanged)

In other words, only if le is used as an article -- and not as a pronoun -- does it contract with a preceding de.

using le as a pronoun

I should know this, but can you tell me when using le as a pronoun which comes after  the preposition 'de' is the rule that it never becomes' Du'?


I incorrectly did that with the following sentence

Mais quand ma meilleure amie Miriam a décidé de le faire

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