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"Debajo" is an adverb which is often translated as "underneath", and "detrás" is an adverb which is often translated as "behind". Learn more about the difference between "debajo" and "detrás" below.
debajo(
deh
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bah
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hoh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (below)
a. underneath
Antes de poner la carne en la parrilla, pon un plato debajo para colectar el aceite.Before you put the meat on the grill, put a dish underneath to catch the grease.
b. beneath
El océano es grande y nadie sabe lo que hay debajo.The ocean is vast and nobody knows what lies beneath.
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detrás(
deh
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trahs
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (the rear part)
a. behind
Hay un edificio verde delante y otro azul detrás.There's a green building in front and a blue one behind.
b. back
En el carro, los niños deben sentarse detrás.In a car, children should sit in the back.
La casa tiene un jardín grande detrás.The house's got a large garden at the back.
2. (following)
a. then
Mi madre entró primero y detrás mi padre.My mother got in first and then my father.
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