131 - Modify a noun De is used to create a phrase in which...

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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 algodón es muy suave.   The clothing (made) of cotton is very soft. El traje es de poliéster.   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 bisbol is literally translated a game of baseball but must be used to mean a baseball game. Here are a couple more examples: Olvid mi libro de lgebra. I forgot my algebra book. Los nios tienen clases de natacin. The children have swimming classes...
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course SPAN 101 taught by Professor Oliveros during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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