Use the Definite Article with General or Abstract Nouns

In French, the definite article needs to be used with all abstract nouns or when nouns are used generally.

For example:

J’adore le café

This can be difficult for English-speakers because the direct translation of this example would be “I love the coffee,” which, of course, is not proper English.

More examples:

Le rire est le meilleur remède. – Laughter is the best medicine.
Je n’aime pas le vin blanc. – I don’t like white wine.
La comptabilité est dur. – Accounting is hard.

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