How to Express Possession with "de" in Spanish
Expressing possession in Spanish can be done by using the word "de". Expressing possession with an apostrophe and an "s" ('s) is never ever possible in Spanish! So, forget about "Ana's amigo". If you want to say "Ana's friend", you have to say "El amigo de Ana", otherwise, you are not speaking Spanish, but Spanglish.
Another difference is that in Spanish, the possessor goes after the object possessed, right after the word "de". Look at the following examples:
Notice how in the second example, the word de and el (for el señor) becomes del. Whenever de is followed by el, we say del instead of de el. For de la, de las, and de los we do not do a contraction.
Keep in mind that when a proper name follows, we use de, as in la casa de Rita (Rita's house), not la casa de la Rita.
First, do the activity on the right-hand side. Then, listen to this audio clip to check your answers. Finally, play it again and repeat after me to practice your pronunciation.
Directions: Write the appropriate possessive form. Keep in mind the gender and number of the possessors, and choose between de, del, de la, de las, or de los.