Important Spanish Prepositions: When to Use De vs A

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Important Spanish Prepositions: When to Use De vs A

Over 580 million individuals worldwide speak Spanish!

Spanish may be useful as we learn about Spain, Mexico, and Colombia. Grammar is the foundation for improving . its prepositions like por, para, con, contra, de, and an are essential.

Non-native Spanish speakers sometimes confuse de vs. a, two of the most useful prepositions. This master guide teaches:

Comparing de and a
Spanish de use
Spanish usage of

Spanish De Usage

Spanish prepositions include de. This term means of, from, and about. In some contexts, de can mean with, by, or in.

De sometimes has no English equivalent! Let us review Spanish de use and simple sentence form.
Rule #1:

First, “gold shoes.” Shoes are described as gold. Zapatos de oro in Spanish. NO gold sandals.
Rule #2:

El and de together signify “the.” “The cats of the forest” is los gatos del bosque.

After learning de’s simple rules, check out its three most typical uses:

De for possession when? 
Causing with de
de for traits

De possession

Possession can mean “to belong to” a person, location, thing, or idea. English shows possession with an apostrophe and “s.”

Spanish usually uses “de” with the possessor. In Spanish, “Fernando’s cat” is el gato de Fernando.

More examples of Spanish possession using de are below.

Jessica’s coat

Hailey’s class

Peace rights. Peaceful coexistence.

Whose lapis? Whose pencil?

denotes cause

De can explain a reason like possession. De means with, of, or by and follows an adjective. See some brief de causation examples below.

Essays tire her. Essay writing bores her.

Why is my generation bored of university? Why is my generation bored by university?

I love our friendship. I like our friendship. In this context, de means bliss.

After learning how to use de for cause and effect, let us move on to the preposition’s last typical use.
Characteristics 3De

Finally, dé shows the relationship between an object or person and its major features (including contents or material). Characteristics are nouns or infinitives.

Nouns cannot be adjectives in Spanish. Thus, de… Check out:

gold heels

famous Chilean church

a wealthy household

De has many meanings. The most prevalent uses are possession, features, and causality. After learning when to use de in Spanish, let us talk about a!

Spanish A-Use

Spanish preposition an is often misinterpreted as “to.” This tiny word has many additional translations and uses! A also means on, at, from, by, in. and sometimes nothing!

We will go beyond translation to learn when to use a.Motion: “A” A follows most verbs that imply motion. Prepositions precede some nouns!It can also represent location for some verbs. See examples:Chile arrived. We reached Chile.Neared the library. (She entered) It fell. It dropped. NOTE: a plus el = al, like del. So easy! 2. Use “A” Before Infinitive A also links a verb to an infinitive. We utilize to start an operation. The infinitive and preposition are rendered together.”ir a + infinitive” also creates the future tense. Confused? Do not. Some good examples:I will dance. I will dance. “ir a + infinitive” is used here.Accept that things will not always go our way. Accepting that things do not always work

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