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). Christophe. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.