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why does one say debajo de la mesa

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/_Gini_

It means "under the table."

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/patyellen

But why the de?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa
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"De" is a preposition, and there is no logic to these pesky little words. They cannot be directly translated, their use differs in every language. You've just got to learn when and which ones to use. It's the last thing you will learn to get right, and it's also the first thing you forget when you stop using them. It's hard for everybody. Just listen to non-native English speakers and take note of how often they it wrong when it comes to the use of "on, of, in, over, about, at," etc. That's because these do not correspond with how they are used in their own languages. So, it's only fair if you're having a hard time with it in Spanish ;-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Gini_

Good question....I'm a native speaker of Spanish, but I haven't really thought about that!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Draven1209

under in spanish is ''debajo de''

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Perhaps one has had too much to drink?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElimGarak

Because it is a phrase and not a standalone word. We use phrases like "thank you" and "good morning!" to convey more than "thank" "you" "good" "or "morning" could alone.

3 years ago
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