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Finding it confusing the use of "de" and "del"

I am not getting when to use "de" and when to use "del".

3 years ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Short answer: 'de' means 'of' and 'del' is a contraction of 'de' and 'el' meaning 'of the.' "de Lima" = of Lima, as in the streets of Lima, and 'del coche' = of the car de and el are always contracted when they occur in sequence, with very few exceptions (the 'el' being part of a proper name)

3 years ago

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Good (short) answer, I'd only add that "el" is "the" only for masculine nouns; "la" is "the" for feminine nouns. The contraction only happens with "el", not with "la":

  • La luz del coche = The light of the car
  • La luz de la casa = The light of the house
3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ReVelArmy

Use "de" when "la" is used. Ex) Comida de la manana. "Del" is a combination of "de" and "el". It would sound weird if you said "de el". Ex) Comida del ano. I know I am not making my "n"s correct. Summary: use "de la" when the object is feminine (la) and use "del" when the object is masculine (el). Comment if you still don't get it.

3 years ago

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Essentially, del = de + el. "de" is "of" and "del" is "of the"

3 years ago

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De means of. Del means of the (masculine). Its feminine counterpart is de la.

3 years ago

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If you know the difference between "of" and "of the" in English, you should have no problem.

3 years ago