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When to use which form of "of?" (da, de, el)

October 13, 2017



Make sure you're reading the "tips and notes". A lot of that is covered there.

  • de - belonging to or attached to.
  • da - for quantities (kiom and answers to kiom.)
  • el - out of, made out of, coming out of.


Just to add to this excellent response, this is one thing that helped me appreciate the important of the two words:

Glaso de vino = a glass made out of wine (impossible).

Glaso da vino = a glass full of wine.


For the most part: Da: a quantity De: possession, affiliation, anything that isn't a quantity El: From

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