Quick answer
"Del" is a preposition which is often translated as "of the", and "al lado de" is a phrase which is often translated as "next to". Learn more about the difference between "del" and "al lado de" 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 lado de(
ahl
 
lah
-
doh
 
deh
)
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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