Al y Del

Al

 

•A means to or towards.
 

A contracts with el to form ‘al.’

 

  a + el = al

 

Yo voy al bus.  I go to the bus.

 

When used with la, los, and las there is no change.

 

Yo doy los discos a las muchachas.

 

Ellos buscan a los profesores.

 

Nosotros vamos a las tiendas.

 The personal ‘a’

A (pronounced ‘ah’) is also before any person (name or profession) in a sentence.

 

  Yo miro la televisión.

  Yo miro a los profesores.

  Yo miro al profesor.

 

There is no equivalent of the personal ‘a’ in English.

 DE

De means of, from, or about.

De contracts with el to form del.

 

  Tú hablas del profesor de español.

 

When used with la, los, and las there is no change.

 

  Ivan es de los Estados Unidos (USA).

 

Also use de to indicate possession (shows who it belongs to).

 

  Es la calculadora del profesor.

 

  Los bolígrafos son de los alumnos.

 

  El marcador es de Josué

PRACTICE

 

I look at the teacher.

 

We talk to the students.

 

I go to the store.

I talk about the teacher.

 

They are from the school.

 

She arrives from the store.

 

the book belongs to the boy. (The book is of the boy)

 

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