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"Día" is a noun which is often translated as "day", and "noche" is a noun which is often translated as "night". Learn more about the difference between "día" and "noche" 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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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (time of day)
a. night
No dormí en toda la noche.I didn't sleep all night.
b. evening
¿Quieres cenar conmigo esta noche?Do you want to have dinner with me this evening?
2. (darkness)
a. nightfall
Los murciélagos salen al caer la noche.Bats come out at nightfall.
b. dark
Debes volver antes de que sea noche.You'd better be back before dark.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
a. sadness
Cayeron en una noche profunda después de perder a su hijo en la guerra.They fell into deep sadness after losing their son in the war.
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