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"De súbito" is a phrase which is often translated as "all of a sudden", and "de pronto" is an adverb which is often translated as "suddenly". Learn more about the difference between "de súbito" and "de pronto" below.
de súbito(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (general)
a. all of a sudden
El mar estaba en la más absoluta calma, cuando, de súbito, empezó a soplar un viento fortísimo.The sea was absolutely calm, when all of a sudden, a very strong wind started to blow.
b. suddenly
Estábamos hablando de cosas del trabajo y, de súbito, se puso a llorar.We were talking about work matters, and suddenly, he started to cry.
c. unexpectedly
El autobús parecía que iba a detenerse, pero de súbito aceleró y se alejó dejándonos a todos en la parada.It seemed as if the bus was going to stop, but it unexpectedly accelerated and left all of us at the stop.
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de pronto(
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (abruptly)
a. suddenly
Estábamos en el parque cuando de pronto empezó a llover.We were at the park when it suddenly started to rain.
b. all of a sudden
Estábamos viendo una película y de pronto se fue la luz.We were watching a movie when all of a sudden the lights went off.
2. (perhaps) (Andes)
Regionalism used in Uruguay
a. maybe
De pronto no lo sabían.Maybe they didn't know.
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