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"De camino" is a phrase which is often translated as "on one's way", and "en camino" is a phrase which is also often translated as "on one's way". Learn more about the difference between "de camino" and "en camino" below.
de camino
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (when coming from or going somewhere)
a. on one's way
Si el supermercado te queda de camino, ¿puedes comprar queso?If the supermarket is on your way, can you please buy some cheese?
b. on the way
Si vas a echar la carta, de camino, podrías recoger tu traje de la lavandería.If you're going to mail the letter, you could collect your suit from the dry cleaner's on the way.
2. (used to talk about distance)
a. away
Estábamos agotados y el refugio estaba a varias horas de camino.We were exhausted and the refuge was several hours away.
b. to go
No llegaremos esta noche a París. Son las diez y tenemos todavía 300 km de camino.We won't arrive in Paris tonight. It's ten already and we have still 300 km to go.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Son cuatro horas de camino en tren de aquí a Madrid.It's a four hours' journey by train from here to Madrid.
Llevábamos solo 20 minutos de camino, cuando se nos estropeó el coche.We've been traveling for just 20 minutes, when our car broke down.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. on one's way
Carmen llamó para decir que ya estaba en camino, y que cree que llegará para comer.Carmen called to say she was on her way, and thinks she'll be here by lunch time.
b. on the way
Ya tenemos una niña, y ahora hay dos en camino. Mi esposa espera gemelos.We already have a girl, and now there are two on the way. My wife is expecting twins.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me pondré en camino por la mañana temprano. Es un viaje largo y no me gusta manejar de noche.I'll set out early in the morning. It's a long journey, and I don't like driving at night.
Se pusieron en camino hará unos diez minutos. Si anda deprisa los alcanza.They set off around ten minutes ago. If you walk fast you'll catch them up.
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