En réponse à Jan van Steenbergen <[log in to unmask]>:

>  --- Andreas Johansson wrote:
> > My French isn't rusty for the simple reason that I don't know it, but
> the sg
> > indefinite article _un_/_une_, derived from _unus_, hasn't prevented
> French
> > from acquiring a pl indefinite article _des_.
> If you count "des" really as an article, you ought to include "du", "de
> la"
> etc. as well. But in fact, this is just the combination of a preposition
> with
> the definite article.

Not when it's the partitive article. It did originate this way, but it is not
seen anymore as a combination, since (for instance) it can follow a preposition
(French is quite strong in forbidding two prepositions to follow each other).


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