Spanish Prepositions ‘a’ and ‘de’

August 20, 2008 by

The Spanish prepositions — ‘a’ (to), and ‘de’ (of), when used in conjunction with a Spanish noun, precede the articles (el),(masc’) and (la) (fem’).

When these Spanish prepositions come before the masculine (el), ( singular), there is a contraction and fusion of these two.

Therefore; (a + el)  =  al , and (de + el)  =  del .

Single, masculine examples are;

  1. El cine (the cinema),

    Voy al cine =  I’m going to the cinema. —- (a+el=al).

  2. El bosque (the forest),

    Las fruitas del bosque =  The fruits of the forest. —-(de+el=del).

The plural of the masculine combination of (de) and (los) does not have this fusion, so:

  1. Voy a los cines  =  I’m going to the cinemas.
  2. Las frutas de los bosques = the fruits of the forests.

When these Spanish prepositions, ‘a’ (to), and ‘de’ (of) come before the Spanish feminine (la) – there are no radical changes.

i.e. there are no such changes, or fusion in the feminine forms.

Singular, feminine examples are;

  1. La ciudad (the city),

    El centro (de la ciudad) =  The centre of the city.

  2. La calle (the street),

    El nombre de la calle =  The name of the street.

The plural of the feminine combination of (de) and (las) has no fusion:

  1. El centro de las ciudades =  The centre of the cities.
  2. El nombre de las calles =  The name of the streets.

The Spanish preposition (‘a’),  can be used also to express;

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