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do you have to place 'de' in front of a word in spanish if you're talking about a quantity?

ex. 'hablo ya un poco español'
or is it 'hablo ya un poco de español'

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    La manera adecuada sería usando el "de", pero existen varias formas de decirlo tales como: "ya hablo un poco de español" o "ya hablo español un poco", pero es valido decir también "hablo ya un poco de español".

     

    Hello. Even if you can hear sometimes phrases like: "Hablo un poco espanol" in spoken spanish, you cannot apply it to all situations. Nevertheless in Latin languages is important to use "de" to express that you are mentioning an specific quantity of the whole element, "espanol" is the element in this case. Obviously as every language, you will find exceptions, but mainly that's it.

    Some examples: Un poco de agua, un vaso de leche, un poco de respeto!, un momento de suerte, 2 piezas de pan.

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