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"De día" is an adverb which is often translated as "in the daytime", and "de noche" is a phrase which is often translated as "at night". Learn more about the difference between "de día" and "de noche" below.
de día
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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de noche(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (adverb)
a. at night
Siempre he preferido estudiar de noche. Estoy mucho más despierto que durante el día.I've always preferred to study at night. I feel much more awake than during the day.
b. after dark
Vámonos ya, que no me gusta conducir de noche.Let's go now. I don't like driving after dark.
c. by night
En aquella época, me encantaba salir, vivía de noche y dormía de día.I loved going out at that time. I lived by night and slept by day.
d. dark
Se hizo de noche, y nosotros seguíamos perdidos en medio de aquel bosque inmenso.It got dark, and we were still lost in the middle of that huge forest.
e. nights (to work)
Mi hermana es enfermera y este mes trabaja de noche.My sister is a nurse and she works nights this month.
2. (adjective)
a. night
La crema de noche no debe utilizarse durante el día porque no lleva factor de protección solar.The night cream shouldn't be used during the day because it doesn't have sunscreen.
b. late night (showing)
Si vamos al cine, ¿quieres ir a la sesión de tarde o a la de noche?If we go to the movies, do you want to go to the evening or to the late night showing?
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