"From cow to steak"
Translation:Da mucca a bistecca
Why is it "da" and not "dal"? I thought "dal" could mean "from"? Could someone elaborate on the difference between "di", "da", and "dal"?
Da generally does mean "from." Dal is a contraction of da and il to make "from the."
Your question is quite challenging to answer fully but the following are perhaps the first steps towards an understanding:
First of all the contracted forms of da + article:
• da + la = dalla • da + il = dal • da + lo = dallo • da + le = dalle • da + i = dai • da + gli = dagli
Da can also mean "to" or can be used to make a word adjectival eg sala da pranzo.
Below are the contracted forms of di + article:
• di + la = della • di + il = del • di + lo = dello • di + le = delle • di + i = dei • di + gli = degli
Di usually means "of" but typically confusing of prepositions can also mean "from" or "about"
There is, in fact, a lot more to it than this but maybe get this first then check out a good grammar resource to consolidate and improve your knowledge. Hope this helps :)
I think you use ad when the next word starts with a vowel. Is that right??