El perro de él

why in the sentence "El perro de él.", it is used de él instead of del?

July 9, 2012


This is because the word 'del', is a joining of the words 'de' and 'el', 'de' meaning 'of' and 'el' meaning 'the'. However, in this context the word del cannot be used because 'él' means 'him', and thus the word del cannot be used.

July 9, 2012

The spelling also highlights a different pronunciation. It's subtle, but if you listen carefully you can hear a native speaker break "de él" into 2 syllables, with the second syllable having slightly more emphasis.

July 12, 2012
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