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"De día" is an adverb which is often translated as "in the daytime", and "durante el día" is a phrase which is often translated as "during the day". Learn more about the difference between "de día" and "durante el día" below.
de día(
deh
 
dee
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ah
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. in the daytime
Yo nunca bebo alcohol de día.I never drink alcohol in the daytime.
b. during the day
Todos los partidos se disputarán de día.All the matches will be played during the day.
c. during the daytime
Siempre armamos y desarmamos la tienda de campaña de día.We always put up and take down the tent during the daytime.
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durante el día(
doo
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rahn
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teh
 
ehl
 
dee
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ah
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. during the day
Uno de nuestros técnicos acudirá durante el día a su domicilio para reparar la lavadora averiada.One of our repairmen will go to your home during the day to fix the broken down washer.
b. in the day
Cuénteme lo que hizo durante el día anterior al asesinato.Tell me what you did in the day before the murder.
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