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"Detrás" is an adverb which is often translated as "behind", and "atrás" is an adverb which is also often translated as "behind". Learn more about the difference between "detrás" and "atrás" below.
detrás(
deh
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trahs
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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. (the rear part)
a. behind
Hay un edificio verde delante y otro azul detrás.There's a green building in front and a blue one behind.
b. back
En el carro, los niños deben sentarse detrás.In a car, children should sit in the back.
La casa tiene un jardín grande detrás.The house's got a large garden at the back.
2. (following)
a. then
Mi madre entró primero y detrás mi padre.My mother got in first and then my father.
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atrás(
ah
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trahs
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (position)
a. behind
Hay un cobertizo atrás de la casa.There is a shed behind the house.
b. at the back of
La entrada está atrás del jardín.The entry is at the back of the garden.
2. (movement)
a. back
Hay que ir hacia delante y no mirar atrás.You have to move forward and not look back.
b. backward
Tropecé y me fui hacia atrás volando.I tripped and went flying backward.
3. (in time)
a. ago
Unos días atrás, estaba en Canadá.A few days ago, I was in Canada.
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