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"Dentro de" is a preposition which is often translated as "inside", and "año" is a noun which is often translated as "year". Learn more about the difference between "dentro de" and "año" below.
dentro de(
dehn
-
troh
 
deh
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (in the interior)
a. inside
Mi perro duermo dentro de su jaula.My dog sleeps inside his cage.
b. within
Hay varios restaurantes de comida rápida dentro del centro comercial.There are several fast food restaurants within the mall.
c. in
Puse la carta dentro del buzón para que el cartero la recoja.I placed the letter in the mailbox for the mailman to pick up.
2. (time limit)
a. in
¡Dentro de una semana, estaré de camino a Sacramento!In one week, I will be on my way to Sacramento!
b. within
El trabajo deberá estar listo dentro del plazo que especifique el profesor.The assignment should be ready within the deadline the teacher specifies.
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año(
ah
-
nyoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (period of time)
a. year
El año pasado nos mudamos a Madrid.Last year we moved to Madrid.
2. (of school)
a. grade
Si fallo el examen tendré que repetir el año.If I fail this test, I will have to repeat the grade.
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