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Does Spanish have contractions?

How do you use Al and Del in Spanish?

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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 echico – (This is the boy’s pencil)


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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