Quick answer
"Del" is a preposition which is often translated as "of the", and "debajo de" is a phrase which is often translated as "under". Learn more about the difference between "del" and "debajo 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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debajo de(
deh
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bah
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hoh
 
deh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (prepositional)
a. under
Escondió todos los regalos navideños debajo de la cama.She hid all the Christmas gifts under the bed.
b. underneath
El ladrón escondió la botella robada debajo de su abrigo.The thief hid the stolen bottle underneath his coat.
c. beneath
Hay catacumbas que se pueden visitar debajo de las calles de París.There are catacombs that you can visit beneath the streets of Paris.
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