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"Before" is an adverb which is often translated as "antes", and "at" is a preposition which is often translated as "en". Learn more about the difference between "before" and "at" below.
before(
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fawr
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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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at(
aht
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to indicate position)
a. en
I'll be waiting for you at the finish line.Te esperaré en la línea de meta.
2. (used to indicate direction)
a. hacia
The dog was running at him.El perro estaba corriendo hacia él.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The boy threw a ball at the wall.El niño tiró una pelota contra la pared.
The proud graduate waved at her parents.La graduada orgullosa saludó a sus padres.
3. (used to indicate time)
a. a (specific time)
The meeting starts at two in the afternoon.La reunión comienza a las dos de la tarde.
b. por (time of day)
We always eat late at night.Siempre comemos tarde por la noche.
4. (used to indicate manner)
a. a
It was love at first sight.Fue amor a primera vista.
5. (used to indicate activity)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He's good at making the new employees feel welcome.Tiene un don para hacer a los nuevos empleados sentirse bienvenidos.
I'm bad at sports.Se me dan mal los deportes.
6. (used to indicate cause)
a. por
The poem communicates gratefulness at the fact of being alive.El poema transmite agradecimiento por el hecho de estar vivo.
7. (the symbol @)
a. arroba
Is your email address at-gmail-dot-com or at-yahoo-dot-com?Tu dirección de correo electrónico, ¿es arroba-gmail-punto-com o arroba-yahoo-punto-com?
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