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what does it mean for words (de-del) in Spanish ?

3 years ago

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"De" means "of" in English. For example, "el coche de Juan" (The car of Juan). "Del" is a combination of "de" and "el" to avoid the awkwardness of the two e's next to each other. For example "el hombre del barco" (The man of the ship.)

3 years ago

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De / Del = From / Of / About / At / 's

Usually if the preposition 'de' is followed by the article 'el', they should always be contracted to form 'del', unless 'el' is part of a proper name. Also, if a list starts in a new line with 'el', 'de' and 'el' just can't be contracted.

3 years ago

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de means 'of' in any gender | while del means 'of the' in masculine

3 years ago

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de is like of or from. "Los juegos de mesa" literally translated to "the games of table" (they are board games), "Yo soy de EspaƱa" = "I am from Spain".

Del is "of the" it is a contraction de + el. It is only used when the definite article of a masculine word is included and you are saying "of the"

3 years ago

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"De" is of; "del" is a contraction of "de el" and means "of the" (there is no equivalent for "de la"). It is used quite commonly for possessives: "el gato del hombre" is literally "the cat of the man" (this holds true for pretty much all possession instances, except with possessive pronouns like my (mi), yours (tu), etc.).

3 years ago
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