Quick answer
"De pie" is an adverb which is often translated as "standing", and "y" is a conjunction which is often translated as "and". Learn more about the difference between "de pie" and "y" below.
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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. (position)
a. standing
Ya no quedaban asientos y tuve que quedarme de pie toda la conferencia.There were no seats left, so I had to remain standing throughout the whole lecture.
b. on your feet
Has estado de pie todo el día; debes de estar cansada.You have been on your feet all day; you must be tired.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
2. (imperative)
a. stand
El juez ha entrado a la sala. Todos de pie, por favor.The judge has entered the room. All stand, please.
b. stand up
¡De pie, he dicho! ¡No quiero ver a nadie sentado!I said, stand up! I don't want to see anybody sitting!
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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)
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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