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"Detrás de" is a preposition which is often translated as "behind", and "tras" is a preposition which is often translated as "after". Learn more about the difference between "detrás de" and "tras" below.
detrás de(
deh
-
trahs
 
deh
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (general)
a. behind
Los motivos detrás de sus acciones son claros.The motives behind her actions are clear.
b. after
¿Quién es Celia? - Es la muchacha detrás de Felipe en la fila.Who is Celia? - She's the girl after Felipe in line.
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tras(
trahs
)
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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