Quick answer
"Derecha" is a noun which is often translated as "right", and "a la izquierda" is a phrase which is often translated as "to the left". Learn more about the difference between "derecha" and "a la izquierda" below.
derecha(
deh
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reh
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chah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (right-hand side)
a. right
Verás la escuela a la derecha.You will see the school on the right.
2. (anatomy)
a. right hand
Levanta la derecha para contestar.Raise your right hand to answer.
3. (politics)
a. right
Un día la izquierda está en el poder y al día siguiente la derecha gobierna el país.One day the left is in power, and the next day the right is governing the country.
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a la izquierda(
ah
 
lah
 
ees
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kyehr
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dah
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (indicating direction)
a. to the left
Frances, muévete a la izquierda o no saldrás en la foto.Frances, move to the left, or you won't be in the picture.
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