Division article

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The article of division or partitive article is in some languages ​​an article to designate an indefinite amount of innumerable things like substances and substances. These words do not divide anything, but refer to indefinite subsets of a whole.

In French and Italian , for example, the division article is formed with the preposition of origin ( de or di ) and the definite article.

French: Est-ce qu'il a bu de l ' alcool?
German: Did he drink alcohol?
Italian: Vuole della carne?
German: Would you like meat?

While the partition article is used according to fairly strict rules in French, it can always be omitted or rephrased in Italian. The division article does not appear in the German language. Occasionally there are comparable forms, such as B. in

Would you like some of the meat there?

The partitive article should not be confused with the partitive , which as a case has a similar function in some languages.


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