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"Después" is an adverb which is often translated as "after", and "tarde" is an adverb which is often translated as "late". Learn more about the difference between "después" and "tarde" below.
después(
dehs
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pwehs
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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. (indicating time)
a. after
Llamé a mis papás justo después de comprometerme.I called my parents just after getting engaged.
b. later
Iré de compras después pero ahora tengo que estudiar.I'll go shopping later but now I have to study.
c. afterwards
¿Podemos ir al parque después? Ahora quiero descansar.Can we go to the park afterwards? I want to rest now.
2. (indicating sequence)
a. then
¿Y después qué pasó?And then what happened?
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tarde(
tahr
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deh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (delayed)
a. late
Date prisa, vamos a llegar tarde.Hurry up; we are going to be late.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
2. (time of day)
a. afternoon (from noon until sunset)
Esta tarde me voy de compras con mis amigas.This afternoon I am going shopping with my friends.
b. evening (latter part of the day before the sun goes down)
Te veré esta tarde después del cine.I'll see you this evening after the movies.
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