In almost all its uses, the preposition of is translated by de. For exceptions, see the entry below. Remember that de + le always becomes du and that de + les always becomes des.When of it or of them are used for something already referred to, they are translated by en: there's a lot of it = il y en a beaucoup; there are several of them = il y en a plusieurs.Note, however, the following expressions used when referring to people: there are six of them = ils sont six; there were several of them = ils étaient plusieurs.
- 1 (in most uses) de the leg of the table = le pied de la table
- 2 (made of) en a ring (made) of gold = une bague en or