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De in Spanish More Often Than 'Of' in English

By December 30, 2012

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Corte de apelaciones, medidas de fuerza, costas de Brasil, canciones de amor and incendio de un avión. What do these phrases have in common?

Aside from the fact that they all come from the current homepage of Clarín, a popular Argentine news site, they could all be readily translated to English without using "of," even though "of" is a primary meaning of de: appeals court, forceful means, Brazilian coasts, love songs and airplane fire.

These examples highlight the fact that Spanish uses de extensively, a tendency explored in the newest lesson in our Real Spanish Grammar series.


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