de la

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French[edit]

Article[edit]

de la f (masculine du, plural des)

  1. Of the
  2. Some; the feminine partitive article.
    Voudriez-vous de la confiture ? — Would you like some jam?
    J'ai mangé de la tarte ? — I ate some pie.

Usage notes[edit]

  • While English does have the partitive determiner some, the French article de la frequently translates to nothing at all in English; for example, the above example « J'ai mangé de la tarte ? » could also be translated simply as “I ate pie.”
  • Like the definite article la (from which it derives), the partitive article de la undergoes elision, becoming de l'- before most words that start with vowel sounds.