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18 October 2018
Please explain 'al' in Mis amigos sintieron una gran alegría al verme.
This question relates to:Spanish lesson "Conjugate irregular -ir verbs stem changing (e > i) in El Pretérito Indefinido (simple past)"
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We use "al" plus an infinitive as a way of saying "when something happened". In this case, with this sentence "Mis amigos sintieron una gran alegría al verme.", it is the same as saying "My friends felt really happy when they saw me.".
Here is a lesson about "al+infinitive". Note it is an advance class, though.
Using conjunction al + infinitive/perfect infinitive = when doing/ because of doing [something]
Also note: Al = contraction of a+el.
I hope it helps.
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