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"Día" is a noun which is often translated as "day", and "tarde" is an adverb which is often translated as "late". Learn more about the difference between "día" and "tarde" 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. (delayed)
a. late
Date prisa, vamos a llegar tarde.Hurry up; we are going to be late.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
2. (time of day)
a. afternoon (from noon until sunset)
Esta tarde me voy de compras con mis amigas.This afternoon I am going shopping with my friends.
b. evening (latter part of the day before the sun goes down)
Te veré esta tarde después del cine.I'll see you this evening after the movies.
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