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"De noche" is a phrase which is often translated as "at night", and "noche" is a noun which is often translated as "night". Learn more about the difference between "de noche" and "noche" below.
de noche(
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noh
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cheh
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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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noche(
noh
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cheh
)
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.
3.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(melancholy)
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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