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"Detrás" is an adverb which is often translated as "behind", and "tras" is a preposition which is often translated as "after". Learn more about the difference between "detrás" and "tras" below.
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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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (following)
a. after
Día tras día, ella va creciendo más fuerte.Day after day, she keeps growing stronger.
2. (working towards)
a. after
Ella anda tras el hombre de sus sueños.She's after the man of her dreams.
3. (on the far side of)
a. behind
La biblioteca de nuestro pueblo está tras el banco.The library in our town is behind the bank.
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