What's the difference between "Es de mi X" and "Es mi X"; such as

Es de mi hermano.


Es mi hermano.

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    If you are Japanese, the "de" preposition in Spanish is somewhat equivalent to the の particle in Japanese (at least it is in this case). So, "mi hermano" is 私の弟 and "de mi hermano" is 私の弟の. Remember next time you ask a question to tell us what you think the difference is, so we will be able to write better answers.
    – Charlie
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 8:14
  • Thanks Carlos. Yes, I'm Japanese and your explanation really helps for the Spanish learners of Japanese background.
    – Hiroshi A.
    Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 7:07

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You can translate "es de mi hermano" as "belongs to my brother", and "es mi hermano" as "is my brother"

"De" is a very common word in spanish with a lot of meanings, many of them can be translated directly to "of". Some of the most used:

  • posession "es de mi hermano" = belongs to my brother
  • filling "vaso de agua" = glass of water
  • origin "soy de Mexico" = i'm from Mexico
  • composition "cuchara de plata" = silver spoon
  • topic "clase de matemáticas" = math lecture
  • Muchas gracias!!
    – Hiroshi A.
    Commented Sep 5, 2017 at 2:59

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