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de l'

  1. Some; the singular prevocalic partitive article.
    Voudriez-vous de l’ail ? — Would you like some garlic?

Usage notesEdit

  • While English does have the partitive determiner some, the French article de l’- frequently translates to nothing at all in English; for example, the above example « Voudriez-vous de l’ail ? » could also be translated simply as “Would you like garlic?”