Learn about definite, indefinite, and partitive articles.
Do you know the difference between un and l'un? If you answered, "Huh? Why would you ever put l' in front of un?" then this is the lesson for you.
articles • B2 - Upper-Intermediate French • formalities • pronouns
Indefinite and Partitive Articles Reduced to De
With articles, the de vs du, de la, des choice has to do with affirmative/negative and whether there's an adjective in front of the noun.
adjectives • articles • negation • plurals • prepositions
On vs l’on
What's the difference between on and l'on? In a nutshell, on is sometimes preceded by l' for reasons of euphony.
articles • B2 - Upper-Intermediate French • pronouns
Articles – le, la, les, un, une, des, du, de la
An article is a word that modifies a noun in a particular way, by stating whether the noun is specific, unspecific, or partial. There are three types of French articles, and they all agree in gender and number with the nouns they modify.
A1 - Beginning French • agreement • articles • nouns
Contractions with Proper Nouns
Contractions with de / à plus a definite article are not always required when the article is part of a proper noun, such as a city, title, organization, or surname.
Definite Article – le, la, l’, les
The French definite articles (le, la, l', les) indicate either a particular noun or, contrarily, the general sense of a noun. They're used similarly to their English counterpart "the," but there are many instances where a definite article is required in French but not English.
A1 - Beginning French • agreement • articles • plurals
Partitive Article – du, de la, de l’, des
The partitive article (du, de la, de l', des) refers to an unspecified quantity of food, liquid, or some other uncountable noun. English has no equivalent article - the partitive is usually translated by the adjectives "some" or "any," or may be left out entirely.
A1 - Beginning French • articles • lesson plans
Indefinite Article – un, une, des
The aptly named indefinite article (un, une, des) indicates an unspecific or unidentified countable noun.
A1 - Beginning French • agreement • articles • indefinition • plurals
There are three types of French articles (definite, indefinite, and partitive), and it's not always easy to know which one you need. Here's a detailed comparison to help you decide.
A2 - Low-Intermediate French • articles
Determiners are a category of grammatical terms that includes articles, numbers, and non-qualifying adjectives. Unlike qualifying adjectives, determiners serve two functions: they introduce and modify nouns at the same time.