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De - Spanish preposition
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Preposición

The preposition de is generally summarized as "of, from, or about," but it has quite a few more meanings and uses than that.

 When de is followed by the definite article el, the two words must contract: de + el = del.

Using de

1) Origin or starting point

 Es de Guatemala. He’s from Guatemala.
     Llegamos de Madrid. We’re arriving from Madrid.

2) Reference point

 Estamos a 5 km de tu casa. We’re 2 kilometers from your house.
 Vive a 20 minutos de aquí. He lives 20 minutes from here.

3) Possession

 el coche de Nico Nico’s car
 el aeropuerto de Barcelona Barcelona’s airport

4) Description

     mi clase de español my Spanish class
 la ropa de niño children’s clothes

5) Characteristic, defining feature

 chica de piel pálida pale-skinned girl
 zapatos de tacón alto high-heeled shoes

6) Contents

     un vaso de agua glass of water
 una película de guerra war film, film about war

7) Start of a range of time / amount

     Trabajé de 8 a 11 de la mañana. I worked from 8 to 11am.
 de lunes a sábado from Monday to Saturday

8) After verbs

 Many verbs must be followed by de in front of a noun or infinitive.

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