Quick answer
"Del" is a preposition which is often translated as "of the", and "al" is a preposition which is often translated as "to the". Learn more about the difference between "del" and "al" below.
del(
dehl
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (contraction of "de" plus "el")
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. from the
Acabo de llegar del parque.I've just come from the park.
c.
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 al examen.The teacher's book has the answers to the exam.
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al(
ahl
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (contraction of "a" plus "el")
a. to the
Vamos al centro comercial después de clases.We're going to the shopping mall after class.
b. when
Al decirle que tenía que ponerse a trabajar, Josué se enfadó mucho con su hermana.When she told him he needed to get to work, Josue got really mad at his sister.
c. as
Al no poder encontrar trabajo, Mark decidió de emigrar.As he couldn't find a job, Mark decided to emigrate.
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