When to use Del insted of De?
I was wondering if somebody could tell me or give me a link showing me under which circumstances in which you would you del instead of De?
Thanks for looking,
"De" means from or of. When it is followed by the masculine definite article "el" then the two words are shortened to "del". So the clue to "del" is as stated in ken's example and it's when you add the word masculine"the", ie the united kingdom. For further information, the direct link as mentioned by lisa13, is below.
I can't give you a link but I know del is a contraction of de+el, such as del mar (de+el mar, of the sea). Don't use it for the feminine, you can't combine de+la, so de la luna must stay just so.
Here are two examples.Soy de Inglaterra, I am from England, Soy del Reino Unido I am from the United Kingdom.