Spanish: Contractions "al" and "del" - Explanation
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In this section you'll learn about the uses of the contractions "al" and "del". You'll have an instructor who will explain in detail with examples.(More text below video...)
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Small part of the explanation from video:
English: When the preposition ‘a’ goes before the masculine singular article ‘el’ we must do the contraction ‘al’
Spanish: Cuando la preposición ‘a’ va antes del artículo masculino singular ‘el’ debemos hacer la contracción ‘al’
English: Let’s see:
Spanish: Veamos:
English: “Luis goes to the park”.
Spanish: “Luis va al parque”.
English: It’s only possible to make the contraction when the article is masculine singular as in the case of ‘el parque’.
Spanish: Sólo es posible hacer la contracción cuando el artículo es masculino singular como en el caso de ‘el parque’.
English: Let’s see another example with ‘el doctor’:
Spanish: Veamos otro ejemplo con ‘el doctor’:
English: “María goes to see the doctor”.
Spanish: “María va a ver al doctor”.
English: And one more example with ‘el restaurante’:
Spanish: Y otro ejemplo más con ‘el restaurante’:
English: “My friends and I go to the restaurant”.
Spanish: “Mis amigos y yo vamos al restaurante”.
English: The same case occurs when the preposition ‘de’ goes before the article ‘el’.
Spanish: El mismo caso ocurre cuando la preposición ‘de’ va antes del artículo ‘el’.
English: Let’s see an example with ‘el profesor’:
Spanish: Veamos un ejemplo con ‘el profesor’:
English: “I receive a message from the teacher”.
Spanish: “Recibo un mensaje del profesor”.
English: Another example with ‘el cine’:
Spanish: Otro ejemplo con ‘el cine’:
English: “I come out of the cinema at 8 at night”.
Spanish: “Salgo del cine a las 8 de la noche”.
English: contractions do not exist with the rest of the combinations ‘a los’, ‘de los’, ‘a la’, ‘de la’, ‘de los’, or ‘de las’.
Spanish: No existen contracciones con los demás combinaciones ‘a los’, ‘de los’, ‘a la’, ‘de la’, ‘de los’, o ‘de las’.
English: Let’s see how these contractions are used in a small dialog:
Spanish: Veamos cómo se usan estas contracciones en un pequeño diálogo:
English: Are you coming from the library? No, I’m coming from the hospital
Spanish: ¿Vienes de la biblioteca? No, vengo del hospital.
English: Do you want to go to the supermarket with me?
Spanish: ¿Quieres ir conmigo al supermercado?
English: I’m sorry, I can’t, I have to go to the pharmacy first.
Spanish: Lo siento, no puedo, debo ir a la farmacia primero.
English: The pharmacy is near the restaurant, isn’t it?
Spanish: ¿La farmacia está cerca del restaurante, verdad?
English: Yes, and after I’m going to the spanish class and finally to the director’s office.
Spanish: Sí, y después voy a la clase de español y finalmente a la oficina del director.
English: Very well! Now let’s go to the practice section.
Spanish: ¡Muy bien! Ahora vamos a la sección de práctica.
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