Quick answer
"De" is a preposition which is often translated as "from", and "como" is an adverb which is often translated as "like". Learn more about the difference between "de" and "como" below.
de(
deh
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to indicate origin)
a. from
Mis padres vienen de Nicaragua.My parents are from Nicaragua.
2. (used to indicate material)
a. of
Esta mesa está hecha de plástico.This table is made of plastic.
3. (used to express possession)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Te recojo en el coche de mi padre.I'll come get you in my father's car.
¿Esa no es la casa de Susana?Isn't that Susana's house?
4. (used to indicate characteristics)
a. of
La comida era de gran calidad.The food was of great quality.
5. (used to indicate content)
a. of
Andrés siempre llevaba una bolsa de canicas.Andres always carried around a bag of marbles.
6. (with compound nouns)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Voy a comprar otro traje de baño para el verano.I'm going to buy another bathing suit for the summer.
Se usa la palanca de cambios para cambiar las marchas.You use the gear shift to change the gears.
7. (used to indicate time)
a. in
Es mejor trabajar de mañana.It is better to work in the morning.
8. (used to express cause)
a. with
Me sorprendí llorando de pena al pensar en él.I caught myself crying with sorrow when I thought of him.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
9. (letter)
a. d
¿Dijiste la letra de o te?Did you say the letter d or t?
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como(
koh
-
moh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (comparative)
a. like
Quiero ser como tú.I want to be like you.
2. (used to express manner)
a. as
Haz como te digo.Do as I say.
3. (used to express a role or function)
a. as
Uso mi teléfono como una computadora.I use my phone as a computer.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
4. (used to express cause)
a. since
Como no estabas aquí, tomé la decisión por ti.Since you were not here, I made the decision for you.
5. (used to express condition)
a. if
Como llegues tarde al examen, no se te dará más tiempo.If you arrive late for the exam, you will not be given extra time.
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