Partitive Articles
The partitive articles are du (masculine singular), de la (feminine singular), and des (masculine, feminine plural). The partitive article agrees in number and (for the singular forms) in gender with the nouns they modify (see Noun): The partitive is used to refer to objects, people, and events which have not been clearly defined by the speaker or the context.

The nouns which they modify are generally not countable nouns (unlike those modified by the indefinite article):

Instead, the partitive usually indicates an undetermined quantity. It is frequently used after verbs expressing possession or consumption. After expressions of quantity, the partitive is usually reduced to de: However, if the quantified noun is modified by an adjective or by a relative clause, then the partitive remains: If a sentence is negative, the partitive article changes to de: Elegant French reduces des to de when it precedes a plural adjective preceding a noun:  

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