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"De súbito" is a phrase which is often translated as "all of a sudden", and "de repente" is an adverb which is often translated as "suddenly". Learn more about the difference between "de súbito" and "de repente" 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 repente(
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (all at once)
a. suddenly
Estaba caminando a la escuela cuando de repente comenzó a llover.I was walking to school when suddenly it started to rain.
b. all of a sudden
De repente, el aula se llenó de estudiantes.All of a sudden, the classroom was full of students.
2. (possibly)
a. maybe
De repente se le olvidó que ustedes se iban a encontrar.Maybe she forgot that you were going to meet up.
b. perhaps
¿De repente le gustaría una taza de té, señora?Perhaps you would like a cup of tea, ma'am?
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