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"Dime" is a phrase which is often translated as "tell me", and "pues" is a conjunction which is often translated as "then". Learn more about the difference between "dime" and "pues" below.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (to tell someone to speak)
a. tell me
Dime, ¿ya fuiste a renovar tu pasaporte?Tell me, have you already been to renew your passport?
b. shoot (informal)
¿Te puedo hacer una pregunta? - Dime.Can I ask you a question? - Shoot.
2. (to answer the phone)
a. hello
Regionalism used in Spain
¿Dime? Sí, Juanito, te puedo ayudar.Hello? Yes, Johnny, I can help you.
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (indicating a solution)
a. then
Estoy cansado. - Pues vete a dormir.I am tired. - Go to sleep then.
No sé que decirte, pues. I don't know what to tell you, then.
2. (emphatic)
a. well
Pues ve acostumbrándote.Well, get used to it.
3. (indicating cause)
a. since
No podía jugar, pues tenía que limpiar su habitación.She couldn't play since she had to clean her room.
b. because
No puedo venir a la fiesta, pues tengo que hacer muchos deberes. I can't come to the party because I have lots of homework to do.
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