Is anyone really good at French?

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Apr 2017
5:12pm, 20 Apr 2017
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ChrisHB
French does not normally have a choice between H totally ignored and H aspirated. A word coming from German generally required the H to be aspirated.

It's not like hotel in English where we can choose to pronounce the H or not.

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As for today's question, the rule I learned is that when an adjective precedes a noun, the indefinite article is "de", not "des".
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5:24pm, 20 Apr 2017
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JenL
The evidence above on both questions suggests that language, while generally very systematic, is not governed by incontrovertible rules.
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6:56pm, 20 Apr 2017
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ChrisHB
Indeed, yet where there are rules, I prefer to know them and be guided by them, at least for a foreign language.

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