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Al and Del in Spanish – Contractions

When to use al and del in Spanish?

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Let’s find out when to use the contractions al and del in Spanish.

Note: When “a” or “de” precedes the definite article “el”, the two words combine to form a contraction.

a + el = al
de + el = del


e.g.

Vamos al estadioVamos a el estadio – (Let’s go to the stadium)

Este es el lápiz del chico Este es el lápiz de el chico – (This is the boy’s pencil)

Al and Del in Spanish – Rules

Note: “de + la”, “de + las”, “de + los”, “a + la”, “a + las”,and “a + los” are never contracted.

Tip: The pronoun (él) does have a written accent and means “he”. The definite article (el) does not have a written accent and means “the”.

e.g.

el chico (… the boy)

él
baila (…he dances)

Note: Only the definite article “el” is contracted. The pronoun “él” is not.

e.g.

Esa es la casa del chico. – Esa es la casa de el chico.- That’s the boy’s house

Es el carro de él.- It’s his car.

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