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"Época" is a noun which is often translated as "period", and "transcurso" is a noun which is often translated as "course". Learn more about the difference between "época" and "transcurso" below.
época(
eh
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poh
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kah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (duration of time)
a. period
La universidad fue la mejor época de mi vida.College was the best period of my life.
b. time
En esa época, no sabía realmente lo que quería de una relación.At that time, I didn't know what I really wanted in a relationship.
c. age
El siglo pasado fue una época de conflictos en Europa.Last century was an age of conflicts in Europe.
d. epoch (formal)
Los dinosaurios vagaban el planeta en una época antigua.Dinosaurs roamed the planet in an ancient epoch.
2. (time of year)
a. season
La época de sequía de Ecuador comienza en junio.Ecuador's dry season begins in June.
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transcurso(
trahns
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koor
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soh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (passage of time)
a. course
Con el transcurso del tiempo, me di cuenta del daño que me hizo Juan.Over the course of time, I've realized how much Juan hurt me.
b. passing
En el transcurso de un año, el cantante ha pasado de ser desconocido a ser famoso.In the passing of one year, the singer has gone from unknown to famous.
2. (during)
a. in the course of
Mi jefe no soporta las interrupciones en el transcurso de una reunión.My boss can't stand interruptions during the course of a meeting.
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