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"Del" is a form of "del", a contraction which is often translated as "of the". "Al lado de" is a phrase which is often translated as "next to". Learn more about the difference between "al lado de" and "del" below.
al lado de(
ahl
 
lah
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doh
 
deh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to indicate position)
a. next to
Espérame en el restaurante que está al lado del metro.Wait for me at the restaurant that is next to the subway.
b. beside
El novio estaba sentado al lado de la novia durante la ceremonia.The groom was sitting beside the bride during the ceremony.
2. (used to indicate company)
a. with
Su esposo siempre estuvo al lado de ella cuando lo necesitó.Her husband was always with her when she needed him.
3. (used to express comparison)
a. compared to
Nuestra casa es muy pequeña al lado de la suya.Our house is very small compared to yours.
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del(
dehl
)
A contraction is a shortened form of a word or group of words made by omitting a sound or letter (e.g. don't).
contraction
1. (used to indicate relationship or possession)
a. of the
La mejor parte del fin de semana es comer con toda la familia los domingos.The best part of the weekend is having dinner with the whole family on Sundays.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El coche es del padre de un amigo.The car belongs to a friend's dad.
El libro del maestro tiene las repuestas a la prueba.The teacher's book has the answers to the test.
2. (used to indicate point of departure)
a. from the
Acabo de llegar del parque.I've just come from the park.
3. (used to indicate starting point)
a. from the
Voy de viaje del primero del mes hasta el 10.I'm away on a trip from the first of the month to the 10th.
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