When to use El, Da, or De?
I've been confused recently on when to use el, da, or de. Are there certain rules for each use?
This can be very confusing and it took me quite a while to figure out.
El means "out of" (either a place or made out of a substance). It is extremely helpful to think of it as the opposite of en.
Da is after a quantity of a substance. However, you say el when you are referring to some elements of a group.
De is for possession or meanings of "from" that are not translated as "out of". It is the opposite of al and ĝis.
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