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What are "to" and "from" in Spanish?

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The English preposition "to" is usually translated to Spanish as "a," while the English preposition "from" is usually translated to Spanish as "de." Other translations are available depending on the context.

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When "to" is used to mean "toward," the Spanish word "hacia" can be used instead of "a." When "to" describes intention or purpose, "para" can be used in place of "a." For example, "He went there to meet his friend" can be translated as "él fue allá para encontrar su amigo."

When "from" is used to describe a starting point of movement, "desde" is used instead of "de." When "from" is used to mean "as a result of," the Spanish word "por" can be used instead of "de." For example, the sentence "He died from a tropical virus" can be translated as "él murió por un virus tropical."

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