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

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

Asked 6 years ago
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.
AurélieKwiziq language super star
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 !
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).
Thanks Chris! Spanish has always been my area of expertise and I thought why not take a shot at French.
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Merci pour cet exemple Chris :)

Bonjour, tout le monde.

I have a quick question on the use of 'de' to denote ownership. If I wish to say:"The student's pen", where the student in question happens to be female, would it be correct to say:

"Le stylo d'étudiante" ?

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

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