Quick answer
"Día" is a noun which is often translated as "day", and "hoy" is an adverb which is often translated as "today". Learn more about the difference between "día" and "hoy" below.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (period of time)
a. day
Estoy en el restaurante en donde comimos el otro día.I'm at the restaurant where we ate the other day.
2. (daylight)
a. day
Los que trabajan en el turno de noche tienen que dormir de día.Night workers have to sleep during the day.
3. (indefinite period of time)
a. day
Algún día te voy a ganar en billar.One day, I'm going to beat you at pool.
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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. (current day)
a. today
Hoy me quedo en casa.I'm staying home today.
2. (nowadays)
a. today
Hoy se hacen las cosas de manera muy diferente.Today things are done very differently.
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