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Note: this is a list I made myself, so there may be things missing. I tried to include the most common situations, so don't take this as an exhaustive and fully comprehensive guide for when to use "de" and when to use "del" with compound names. That said, below is a list of situations when the article is required or not with some examples. No article: When ...


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de is used for what the thing is made of. El suelo de bosque. (It means that the floor is made of forest.) del is used when both things are in the same place. El suelo del bosque. (Describing the floor as a part of the forest.)



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