I am having trouble finding the answer to this specific question in the forum. I understand to a large extent the use of the partitive, but (always a but!) what about with an infinitive? Je mange de la glace. Wouldn't if follow therefore: J'aime manger de la glace? Often I hear - perhaps from native English speakers - J'aime manger la glace. Is that correct French? Manger (de) la glace, c'est super! With or without "de"? What about in the negative? Je ne n'aime pas manger de la glace (my preference). Je n'aime pas manger la glace (see above). Je n'aime pas manger de glace. This seems all wrong because the infinitive, the verb which governs the object, is not negative.