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Motion away from something There are certain verbs in Spanish that are typically followed by  de,  such as  venir  (to come)  , salir  (to  leave)  ,  and  llegar  (to arrive). With these verbs,  de  is used to indicate motion away from a place.  No quiero salir de mi patria.   I don't want to leave my homeland. Lola llega de Virginia hoy.   Lola arrives from Virginia today. Made of To indicate the contents or the material that something is made of, use  de.  The Spanish equivalent of  the word “made”  (hecho)  is often not necessary, as you can see in the examples. Notice that when  used,  hecho  reflects the number and gender of the subject (that which is “made of …”)  La ropa (hecha) de algod ó n es muy suave.   The clothing (made) of cotton is very soft. El traje es de poli é ster.   The suit is (made) of polyester.
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Unformatted text preview: Modify a noun De is used to create a phrase in which a noun modifies another noun. In English, it is acceptable to use a noun as an adjective by simply placing one noun in front of another. For example, “a baseball game” uses the noun “baseball” to modify the noun “game.” This is not permitted in Spanish. The noun being described is first, followed by the preposition de and the noun that is being used to describe it. Un partido de béisbol is literally translated “a game of baseball” but must be used to mean “a baseball game.” Here are a couple more examples: • Olvidé mi libro de álgebra. I forgot my algebra book. • Los niños tienen clases de natación. The children have swimming classes...
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