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130 - • Soy de Nicaragua I am from Nicaragua • El libro...

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Contraction with  a   There are two contractions in Spanish that are required:  a  +  el  and  de  +  el.  Any time the pronoun  a  is  followed by the definite article  el,  the contraction  al  must be used. This contraction does not occur  with the other definite articles, as you can see in the following examples:  a el       lago  (to the lake) must contract to al   lago  (to the lake).  a la pizarra  (to the chalkboard) does not contract.  a los partidos  (to the games) does not contract.  a las monta ñ as  (to the mountains) does not contract.  Preposition:  de   The preposition  de  is one of the most frequently used prepositions in Spanish. It has several English  translations: of, from, by, and belonging to. The only way to know when the preposition  de  is  appropriate is to understand the situations when it's used.  Origin One use of  de  is to indicate origin. Here are a couple examples: 
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Unformatted text preview: • Soy de Nicaragua. I am from Nicaragua. • El libro viene de la biblioteca. The book comes from the library. Possession There are no apostrophes in Spanish. Possession is indicated by using the preposition de . The item that is possessed is followed by de and the person who owns it. For example, the only way to say “Mark's car” is “ El coche de Marco. ” Here's another example: • Los libros de Diana son interesantes. Diana's books are interesting. To inquire about the possessor, you must use de in front of the question word quién. De quién is equivalent to the English question word “whose.” Check out these examples: • ¿De quién es la casa? Whose house is it? • Es la casa de Natalia. It's Natalia's house....
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