2.6 Contractions

There are two contractions that must happen in Spanish. Whenever el appear (unless the latter is part of a proper name, e.g., El Salvador), they contract to form al. When de + el appear, they contract to form del. Note in the last example that the contraction del may also indicate possession.

Estoy al punto de volverme loco. I’m at the point of going crazy.
Estamos a diez minutos del hotel. We are ten minutes from the hotel.
Los periódicos son del vendedor. The newspapers are the vendor’s.

 

Last revised on December 9, 2020.