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"Dentro" is an adverb which is often translated as "inside", and "adentro" is an adverb which is also often translated as "inside". Learn more about the difference between "dentro" and "adentro" below.
dentro(
dehn
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troh
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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. (general)
a. inside
Los niños están jugando dentro.The children are playing inside.
b. indoors
Tengo que irme dentro por mis alergias.I need to go indoors because of my allergies.
c. in
El gato está allí dentro.The cat's in there.
d. within
Ella carga un secreto pesado dentro.She carries a heavy secret within.
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adentro(
ah
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dehn
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troh
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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. (interior)
a. inside
Adentro de la casa hace más calor.It's warmer inside the house.
b. in
Ven adentro o pillarás un resfriado.Come in or you will catch a cold.
c. indoors
Prefiero estar adentro cuando hace calor así.I'd rather be indoors when it's this hot.
2. (sea)
a. open
El agua es tormentosa mar adentro.The water is rough in the open ocean.
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