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"Beginning" is a noun which is often translated as "el comienzo", and "since" is a preposition which is often translated as "desde". Learn more about the difference between "beginning" and "since" below.
beginning(
bi
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gih
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nihng
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (start)
a. el comienzo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You can register one week before the beginning of the course.Puedes matricularte una semana antes del comienzo del curso.
b. el principio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The information is indicated at the beginning of the form.La información se indica al principio del formulario.
c. el inicio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This is the beginning of a new friendship.Este es el inicio de una nueva amistad.
2. (origin)
a. el origen
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His aristocratic beginnings didn't stop him from becoming a libertarian leader.Su origen aristocrático no le impidió convertirse en un líder libertario.
b. el inicio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The book is an account of his beginnings in show business.El libro relata sus inicios en el mundo del espectáculo.
c. el comienzo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In the beginning, everything was chaos.En el comienzo todo era caos.
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since(
sihns
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (from a point in the past to the present)
a. desde
I have been working for this company since 2010.Llevo trabajando en esta empresa desde 2010.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
2. (reason)
a. ya que
Since I'm the only one watching TV, pass me the remote.Ya que soy la única que está viendo tele, pásame el control remoto.
b. como
Since you don't like pizza, can I have your portion?Como no te gusta la pizza, ¿puedo tomarme tu porción?
c. puesto que (formal)
We didn't visit her since it was very late.No la visitamos puesto que era muy tarde.
3. (time)
a. desde que
I haven't seen them since they moved.No los he visto desde que se mudaron.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (after that)
a. desde entonces
I met her for dinner, but I haven't seen her since.Cené con ella, pero no la he visto desde entonces.
5. (long ago)
a. hace mucho
He long since stopped talking to her.Hace mucho que dejó de hablarle.
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