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"Before" is an adverb which is often translated as "antes", and "as" is a preposition which is often translated as "como". Learn more about the difference between "before" and "as" below.
before(
bi
-
fawr
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (previously)
a. antes
We've met before; you don't have to introduce him to me.Ya nos conocemos; no me lo tienes que presentar.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
2. (preceding in time)
a. antes de
Always wash your hands before dinner.Siempre debes lavarte las manos antes de cenar.
3. (in front of)
a. ante
I had never performed before such a large crowd.Nunca había actuado ante una multitud tan grande.
b. delante de
They were married before a small gathering of friends and family.Se casaron delante de un pequeño grupo de amigos y familia.
4. (in importance)
a. antes que
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is in love with language.Un poeta es, antes que nada, una persona enamorada de los idiomas.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
5. (used to indicate time)
a. antes de que
Finish your homework before mom gets home.Acaba tus deberes antes de que mamá llegue a casa.
6. (used to indicate preference)
a. antes que
I will die on my feet before living on my knees.Moriré de pie antes que vivir de rodillas.
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as(
ahz
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (in the role of)
a. como
I spent 20 years working as an accountant.Trabajé como contador durante 20 años.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
2. (when)
a. cuando
The phone rang as we were leaving the house.Sonó el teléfono cuando estábamos saliendo de la casa.
3. (while)
a. mientras
I like to listen to music as I work.Me gusta escuchar música mientras trabajo.
4. (at the same time as)
a. a medida que
I've really come to respect her as I've gotten to know her.Realmente llegué a respetarla a medida que la fui conociendo.
5. (because)
a. como
As our flight was canceled, we had to find a hotel for the night.Como se canceló nuestro vuelo, tuvimos que encontrar un hotel donde pasar la noche.
6. (like)
a. como
Please leave everything as you found it.Por favor, deja todo como lo encontraste.
7. (though)
a. aunque
Intelligent as you are, you still have to work hard.Aunque eres inteligente, todavía tienes que trabajar duro.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
8. (in comparisons)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I am as thin as she is.Soy tan delgada como ella.
I do not have as many shoes as my sister.No tengo tantos zapatos como mi hermana.
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