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French Grammar from RapideFrench.com

The definite articles le, le, la, l’, les mean the and are used more often in French than in English. For example he brushes his teeth<./i> is il se brosse les dents
The preposition à (at) changes some forms of the definite articles(au (not à le), à la, à l' and aux (not à les). Similarly the preposition de (of/some) changes them(du (not de le), de la, de l’ and des (not de les).
The indefinite articles un, une (a), des (some) are sometimes omitted, including when giving occupations. For example I want a house with a swimming pool is Je veux une maison avec piscine and My mother is a programmer is Ma mère est programmeuse.
The partitive articles du, de la, de l’, des are contracted to de or d’ when:
  • it is after a negative e.g. Je veux des poires Je ne veux pas de poires
  • when an adjective goes before the noun (most go after, see more exceptions like this) e.g. des gâteaux de gros gateaux, and des autres gateaux d’autres gateaux