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"De súbito" is a phrase which is often translated as "all of a sudden", and "súbitamente" is an adverb which is often translated as "suddenly". Learn more about the difference between "de súbito" and "súbitamente" below.
de súbito
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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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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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (all of a sudden)
a. suddenly
¿Por qué dejaste de hablar tan súbitamente? - Olvidé lo que iba a decir.Why did you stop talking so suddenly? - I forgot what I was going to say.
b. unexpectedly
Súbitamente, se cortó la luz.The power went out unexpectedly.
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