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"De" is a preposition which is often translated as "from", and "parecer" is a copular verb which is often translated as "to seem". Learn more about the difference between "de" and "parecer" below.
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)
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)
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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A copular verb links the subject of a clause to the predicate (e.g. My brother is tall).
1. (to appear to be)
a. to seem
Pareces cansado. ¿Dormiste bien anoche?You seem tired. Did you sleep well last night?
b. to look
Pareces triste. ¿Qué pasó?You look sad. What happened?
2. (to have a physical similarity to)
a. to look like
Mi perro parece un zorro con su cola tan larga.My dog looks like a fox with his long tail.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to give an impression)
a. to seem
Pareces tener mucha hambre.You seem to be very hungry.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (view)
a. opinion
Tu parecer es distinto al mío.Your opinion is different from mine.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
5. (to give the appearance of)
a. to look like
Parece que va a nevar. - No creo, no está lo suficientemente frío.It looks like it's going to snow. - I don't think so; it's not cold enough.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to have an opinion)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me parece que el ministro debería dimitir.I think the minister should resign.
¿Qué te pareció la serie sobre la familia real? - Me pareció una tontería.What did you think of the series about the royal family? - I thought it was nonsense.
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
7. (to be alike)
a. to look alike
No nos parecemos pero somos hermanos.We don't look alike, but we are brothers.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
8. (to be similar to)
a. to look like
Te pareces mucho a tu papá cuando tenía tu edad.You look a lot like your father when he was your age.
b. to be like
Se parece a un vaquero con esas botas y esa actitud.He's like a cowboy with those boots and that attitude.
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