Quick answer
"De paso" is an adverb which is often translated as "while one's at it", and "y" is a conjunction which is often translated as "and". Learn more about the difference between "de paso" and "y" below.
de paso(
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pah
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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. (making use of the occasion)
a. while one's at it
Ve a la panadería y, de paso, ve a la tienda a comprar más mermelada.Go to the bakery, and while you're at it, go to the store and buy more jam.
2. (provisionally)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Yo estoy aquí de paso. No vivo en este pueblo.I'm just passing through here. I don't live in this town.
Los pasajeros que están de paso no necesitan pasar por el control de seguridad.The passengers that are in transit don't need to go through a security check.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (related to migration)
a. migratory
Esta especie es un ave de paso.This species is a migratory bird.
b. of passage (United Kingdom)
Las aves de paso ya migraron hacia el sur.The birds of passage already migrated south.
4. (not belonging to the chord)
a. passing
Re funciona como nota de paso entre el do y el mi.D works as a passing note between C and E.
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y(
ee
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (additionally)
a. and
Quiero una pizza y un refresco.I want a pizza and a soft drink.
2. (in linking clauses)
a. and
No tiene dinero y rechaza trabajos.He has no money and refuses to work.
3. (in repetition)
a. and
El perro ladraba y ladraba.The dog was barking and barking.
4. (in questions)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Y Juan dónde está?So, where is Juan?
¿Y cuál es el problema?What is the problem?
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
5. (letter)
a. y
¿"Jenny" termina en y o en i?Does "Jenny" end with a y or an i?
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