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Un vs De French 3 Session 10

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dr.chipcouncil
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Riverview, FL
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Jul 22, 2011
Mar 11, 2018 at 4:10pm

This is confusing the hell out of me on the flashcards. When translating 'you(i) don’t have a professor' why do you use 'de' unstead of 'un' in 'tu n’as pas de professeur?' Thanks to anyone that can explain the rule to me so that this stops tripping me up. I will eventually memorize it, but that won't help me going forward.

.Jeff.
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Ottawa, Ontario
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Mar 11, 2018
Mar 11, 2018 at 8:15pm

I'm a native french speaker and to me both would make sense. But "de" makes more sense in that phrase because if you say "un" you are kinda saying "one", like "you dont have one professor".

andy@fluenz
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France
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Feb 6, 2011
Mar 12, 2018 at 3:52am

The rule is to always use "de" when it is a negation. (There are also other rules when to use "de" such as after "beaucoup" or "besoin", etc.). Example: "J'ai une pomme". Negation: "Je n'ai pas de pomme."

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