How to say some in French (du, de la, de l’, des)

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to say some in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • the 2 types of nouns: countable and uncountable
  • how to say some in French with countable nouns
  • how to say some in French with uncountable nouns
  • how some is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say some in French
  • how to practice with flashcards on how to say some in French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson, you will know all about how to say some in French!

Table of Contents

The 2 Types of Nouns: Countable and Uncountable

In French there are 2 types of nouns: countable and uncountable.

This distinction matters greatly if you want to know how to say some in French.

But what are countable and uncountable nouns?

  • Countable nouns are – as the name suggests – nouns that you can count (e.g. bicycles, watches, pineapples).

If you CAN answer the question “How many do you have?”, then you are dealing with a countable noun.

Let’s take the 3 aforementioned nouns as an example.

In all of these examples we can answer the question “How many bicycles/watches/pineapples do you have?”

For example: I have 3 bicycles/watches/pineapples.

As we can answer the “How many do you have?” question, we can conclude that they are countable nouns.

  • Uncountable nouns are – as the name suggest – nouns that you cannot count (e.g. milk and jam).

Can you answer the question “How many milk/jam do you have?”

You cannot do this.

It is wrong to say “I have 3 milk/jam.”.

If you CAN’T answer the question “How many do you have?”, then you are dealing with an uncountable noun.

How to Say Some in French with Countable Nouns

If you want to say “some” with countable nouns, then you have to change the article (le, la, l’) to des.

le vélo

J’ai des vélos.

I have some bicycles.

la montre

J’ai des montres.

I have some watches.

l’ananas

J’ai des ananas.

I have some pineapples.

So, saying some with countable nouns is very easy. All you do is change the article (le, la, l’) to des.

How to Say Some in French with Uncountable Nouns

If you want to say “some” with uncountable nouns, then you have to use partitive articles (du, de la, de l’, and des)

Here’s an overview of all the partitive articles in French.

masculinefeminine
singulardu, de l’de la, de l’
pluraldesdes
  1. Masculine Singular Partitive Articles

When refering to uncountable nouns that are masculine and singular you will use du, and de l’. Please note that de l’ is used for nouns starting with a vowel or mute h.

le papier

Je veux du papier.

I want some paper.

le pain

Je veux du pain.

I want some bread.

le lait

Je veux du lait.

I want some milk.

l’argent

Il veut de l’argent.

He wants some money.

  1. Feminine Singular Partitive Articles

When refering to uncountable nouns that are feminine and singular you will use de la and de l’. Please note that de l’ is used for nouns starting with a vowel or mute h.

la confiture

Elle mange de la confiture.

She is eating some jam.

l’eau

Je voudrais de l’eau.

I would like some water.

  1. Masculine and Feminine Plural Partitive Articles

If a noun is plural and uncountable then you will use des for some. This is similar to countable nouns, and applies to both masculine and feminine nouns.

les pâtes

Je vais acheter des pâtes.

I am going to buy some pasta.

les épinards

Je veux des épinards.

I want some spinach.

Example Sentences on How to Say Some in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say some in French, is about seeing sentences with the word some.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say some in French through examples.

This section contains all of the previous sentences, neatly organised in one place.

le vélo

J’ai des vélos.

I have some bicycles.

la montre

J’ai des montres.

I have some watches.

l’ananas

J’ai des ananas.

I have some pineapples.

le papier

Je veux du papier.

I want some paper.

le pain

Je veux du pain.

I want some bread.

le lait

Je veux du lait.

I want some milk.

l’argent

Il veut de l’argent.

He wants some money.

la confiture

Elle mange de la confiture.

She is eating some jam.

l’eau

Je voudrais de l’eau.

I would like some water.

les pâtes

Je vais acheter des pâtes.

I am going to buy some pasta.

les épinards

Je veux des épinards.

I want some spinach.

Quiz Yourself on How to Say Some in French

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Fill in the Blank!J’ai vélos. [I have some bicycles.]
Fill in the Blank!J’ai ananas. [I have some pineapples.]
Fill in the Blank!Je veux pain. [I want some bread.]
Fill in the Blank!Je vais acheter pâtes. [I am going to buy some pasta.]
Fill in the Blank!Je veux épinards. [I want some spinach.]

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