D'Espagne ou De l'Espagne


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23 May 2017

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D'Espagne ou De l'Espagne

Do these two sentences mean different things, or is one of them incorrect ? 1. Je viens d'Espagne 2. Je viens de l'Espagne To say “the customs of Spain”: 1. Les coutumes d’Espagne 2. Les coutumes de l’Espagne To say “under the influence of Spain”: 1. Sous les influences d’Espagne 2. Sous les influences de l’Espagne.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using le, la, l', les with continents, countries & regions names (definite articles)"


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23 May 2017


Bonjour Arman ! There is indeed a difference between "d'Espagne" and "de l'Espagne". The distinction here is between d' to express "from", or de l' which means "of [the]". So when you express where the thing comes *from* (its origin), you'll use d', but when you want to say that thing *belongs to* this country, you'll use de l' . Thus "je viens d'Espagne"; either "les coutumes d'Espagne" (where these customs come from) OR "les coutumes de l'Espagne" (its own customs) => here you would more colloquially say "les coutumes espagnoles"; "Sous l'influence de l'Espagne" I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

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