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Dear Maria,  

Can you please tell me why the preposition “da” is used in the following sentence:

“La popolazione del Belgio è composta da Fiamminghi e Valloni”


I was wondering why the preposition “di” is not used (instead of “da”) to form the indirect object as in “di Fiamminghi e Valloni”

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

actually the adjective “composto” can be followed by either “di” or “da”, so that we can say “La popolazione del Belgio è composta da Fiamminghi e Valloni” as well as “La popolazione del Belgio è composta di Fiamminghi e Valloni”, although “da” is better than “di” in this context.

See also: “La mia famiglia è composta da tre persone” /”La mia famiglia è composta di tre persone”; “L’appartamento è composto di cinque stanze”; “Il peltro è composto di una lega a base di stagno e altri metalli”, etc.

Best regards,
Maria

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