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"Dentro de" is a preposition which is often translated as "inside", and "tiempo" is a noun which is often translated as "time". Learn more about the difference between "dentro de" and "tiempo" 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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tiempo(
tyehm
-
poh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (duration)
a. time
Me tomó bastante tiempo resolver el problema.It took me quite a lot of time to solve the problem.
2. (climate)
a. weather
¿Qué tiempo hace en tu país?What's the weather like in your country?
3. (period)
a. moment
La comida estará lista en poco tiempo.The food will be ready in a moment.
4. (era)
a. day
En aquellos tiempos, se jugaba afuera el día entero.In those days, you'd play outdoors all day long.
5. (sports)
a. half
El jugador metió un gol en el segundo tiempo.The player scored a goal in the second half.
6. (music)
a. tempo
Se puede medir el tiempo de una canción.You can measure the tempo of a song.
7. (linguistics)
a. tense
El tiempo pasado indica que la acción se realizó en el pasado.The past tense indicates that an action is in the past.
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