Quick answer
"Del" is a preposition which is often translated as "of the", and "al revés" is an adverb which is often translated as "upside down". Learn more about the difference between "del" and "al revés" below.
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.
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 revés(
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. upside down (inverted)
¡Colgaste el póster al revés! Tienes que darlo vuelta.You hung the poster upside down! You need to flip it.
b. inside out (everted)
Para preservar los colores, lava la ropa al revés en el lavarropas.Turn the clothes inside out when you put them in the washing machine to preserve the colors.
c. the other way around
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Entonces primero vamos al cine y después a cenar? - No, al revés. El restorán cierra temprano.So we're going to the movies first and then we have dinner? - No, the other way around. The restaurant closes early.
d. the other way round (United Kingdom)
Gira el grifo al revés para cerrarlo.Turn the water tap the other way round to close it.
e. backwards
Si lees el nombre Otto al revés, estás diciendo la misma palabra.If you read the name Otto backwards, you are still saying the same word.
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