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Difference between "de" and "el."

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I was reading a comment in Esperanto and saw the word "el" and didn't recognize it, so I looked it up and it means "of." I already know "de" can mean "of" depending on its use.

How do I know when to use "el" instead of "de?"

I couldn't find any information on this.

I know this may be a simple topic, so please forgive my ignorance. Mi estas komencanto.

2 years ago

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Basically "de" means "of" in the sense of "from" or "belonging to", whereas "el" means "of" in the sense of "out of".

2 years ago

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Thanks for explaining!

2 years ago

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Both "de" and "el" can be translated as "from" and "of".

"De" shows posession and "el" means to be exiting something or be made of something.

Here's is a good link with many examples.

http://pages.ucsd.edu/~dkjordan/eo/colloq/colloq190.html

2 years ago

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Ne, ne demando estas malinteligenta. Mi volas scii ankaŭ.

2 years ago