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"Between" is a preposition which is often translated as "entre", and "about" is a preposition which is often translated as "sobre". Learn more about the difference between "between" and "about" below.
between(
bih
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twin
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (in time)
a. entre
I expect them to get in between noon and 1 pm.Los espero entre las doce y la 1 pm.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If you use a coupon at our store between now and Thursday, you'll get 20% off your entire order.Si usa su cupón en nuestra tienda de aquí al jueves obtendrá un 20% de descuento en todo el pedido.
The restaurant was temporarily closed between July 1 and July 30.El restaurante estuvo cerrado temporalmente del 1 al 30 de julio.
2. (in the spatial middle of)
a. entre
Bixby Bridge is between Carmel-By-The-Sea and Big Sur, on Highway 1.Bixby Bridge está entre Carmel-By-The-Sea y Big Sur, sobre la ruta 1.
3. (from one point to another)
a. entre
The Tren Patagónico runs between Viedma and San Carlos de Bariloche.El Tren Patagónico corre entre Viedma y San Carlos de Bariloche.
4. (in the numerical middle of)
a. entre
He must have spent between $30,000 and $40,000 on his new car.Ha de haber gastado entre $30,000 y $40,000 en su carro nuevo.
5. (either one or the other)
a. entre
You can't have both, you have to choose between the chocolate bar or the ice cream.No puedes comerte los dos, tienes que elegir entre el chocolate y el helado.
6. (shared by)
a. entre
Let's split the bill between all of us.Compartamos la cuenta entre todos.
7. (jointly)
a. entre
Talks are underway between the three countries to find a solution to the crisis.Están en marcha conversaciones entre los tres países para encontrar una solución a la crisis.
8. (taking the combined effect)
a. entre
Between work and study, she has no time left for outdoor activities.Entre el trabajo y el estudio, no le queda tiempo para actividades al aire libre.
9. (restricted to)
a. entre
Between you and me, I don't think she's the right girl for him.Entre tú y yo, no me parece la chica adecuada para él.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
10. (in an intermediate place or state)
a. en medio
There are two armchairs with a window between.Hay dos sillones con una ventana en medio.
b. entremedio
Either you are his friend or his foe, there's nothing between.O eres su amigo o su enemigo, no hay nada entremedio.
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about(
uh
-
baut
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (concerning)
a. sobre
The movie we saw last night was about World War I.La película que vimos anoche era sobre la Primera Guerra Mundial.
b. acerca de
That new series about petroleum is fascinating.Esa nueva serie acerca del petróleo es fascinante.
c. de
I'm reading a book about history.Estoy leyendo un libro de historia.
d. por
My husband hasn't been feeling well lately. I'm worried about him.Mi esposo no se encuentra bien últimamente. Estoy preocupada por él.
2. (associated with)
a. en
There is something about his expression that intrigued me.Hay algo en su expresión que me intrigaba.
3.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(around)
a. alrededor de
The girl put her arm about her teddy bear.La niña puso el brazo alrededor de su oso de peluche.
4. (engaged in)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Since you're about it, will you make me some tea?Ya que estás en ello, ¿me preparas una taza de té?
While I'm about it, I'll ask our neighbor to watch the cat while we're away.De paso, le pediré a la vecina que nos cuide el gato mientras estamos fuera.
5. (in a place) (United Kingdom)
a. en
Lady Mary is walking about the park.Lady Mary está caminando en el parque.
b. por
We were strolling about the old quarter for a while and then went back to the hotel.Estuvimos paseando un rato por el casco antiguo y luego volvimos al hotel.
6. (on one's person) (United Kingdom)
a. con
I don't have the papers about me.No tengo los documentos conmigo.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (approximately)
a. aproximadamente
There are about 40 guests in the hotel.Hay aproximadamente 40 huéspedes en el hotel.
b. alrededor de
The trout Alexander caught weighed about 55 pounds.La trucha que pescó Alexander pesaba alrededor de 55 libras.
c. más o menos
It was about 10 am when the doctor called.Eran más o menos las 10 am cuando llamó el doctor.
8. (on the point of; used with "to")
a. a punto de
The train is about to leave the station.El tren está a punto de salir de la estación.
9. (around; often used with "all")
a. por todas partes
There was candy all about after the Halloween party.Había dulces por todas partes después de la fiesta de Halloween.
b. de un lado a otro
The cat was running about like a madman all over the house.El gato corría de un lado a otro como un loco por toda la casa.
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