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la famiglia

La famiglia è la patria del cuore.

"Your family is the homeland of your heart." (Home is where the heart is.)

True say!

This Italian saying gives us a good example of the contracted preposition. When you put "di" before "il cuore" the "di" and "il" blend together to make "del". This happens with a, da, di, in and su when they go before any definite article (Italian for "the" - il, lo, la, l', i, gli, le) - the two blend together. So just using di as an example you get...

di + il = del
di + lo = dello
di + la = della
di + l' = dell'
di + i = dei
di + gli = degli
di + le = delle


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