When is it appropriate to use d’ instead of de?

That1

Kwiziq community member

10 December 2017

5 replies

When is it appropriate to use d’ instead of de?

This relates to:
Expressing possession with 'de' -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 December 2017

11/12/17

You use "d'" whenever the next word starts with a vowel. This works for all words ending on the letter "e" when the next word starts with a vowel and is called elision. Here is the corresponding lesson: https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/glossary/contraction/l-elision-elision -- Chris.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 December 2017

11/12/17

Attention! Chris is correct about elision BUT it does not apply to "all words ending in -e", but only pronouns and prepositions (you cannot apply elision on nouns or adjectives for example!) Bonne journée !

Chris

Kwiziq community member

11 December 2017

11/12/17

Yes, thank you, Aurélie. I forgot about that. To augment this with an example: "Notre évaluation va commencer tout de suite." and NOT "Notr' évaluation.....". -- Chris (not a native speaker).

That1

Kwiziq community member

11 December 2017

11/12/17

Thanks Chris! Spanish has always been my area of expertise and I thought why not take a shot at French.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

12 December 2017

12/12/17

Merci pour cet exemple Chris :)

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