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Spanish languagePossessive De

The Spanish preposition de (of) is used to express possession, in place of the 's or s' found in English.

To say that someone or something belongs to someone or something else, invert the possessor and the thing possessed and put de between them.

el libro de Juan Juan's book (literally, the book of Juan)
la abuela de Ana y Pablo Pablo and Ana's grandmother
la idea de los niños the kids' idea
la iglesia de Madrid Madrid's church

Note that you must include the definite article in front of the thing possessed.

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