Quick answer
"Delante" is an adverb which is often translated as "in front", and "principio" is a noun which is often translated as "beginning". Learn more about the difference between "delante" and "principio" below.
delante(
deh
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lahn
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teh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in a forward position)
a. in front
A la izquierda verán las ruinas del templo inca y delante el valle sagrado.To the left, you will see the ruins of the Incan temple and, in front, the sacred valley.
b. ahead
Puedes ir delante, señora. Todavía no sé lo que voy a pedir.You can go ahead, ma'am. I still don't know what I'm going to order.
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principio(
preen
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see
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pyoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (commencement)
a. beginning
Mi boda fue el principio de mi nueva vida.My wedding was the beginning of my new life.
b. start
No me gustó el principio del libro, pero se puso interesante hacia el final.I didn't like the start of the book but it got interesting towards the end.
2. (rule)
a. principle
Dos más dos son cuatro es un principio matemático verdadero.Two plus two equals four is a true mathematical principle.
3. (provenance)
a. origin
El latín después de la caída del imperio romano es el principio de la lengua española.After the fall of the Roman empire, Latin is the origin of the Spanish language.
b. source
Ganar la lotería ha sido el principio de todos mis problemas.Winning the lottery has been the source of all my problems.
4. (chemistry)
a. ingredient
El principio activo en este calmante es paracetamol.The active ingredient in this painkiller is acetaminophen.
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