Quick answer
"Donde" is an adverb which is often translated as "where", and "cómo" is an adverb which is often translated as "how". Learn more about the difference between "donde" and "cómo" below.
donde(
dohn
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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. (indicating place)
a. where
Estoy en el restaurante donde comimos el otro día.I'm at the restaurant where we ate the other day.
b. wherever
Sal a donde quieras. A mí no me importa.Go wherever you want. I don't care.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
2. (indicating place)
a. where
A él no le gusta jugar al beísbol donde no hay cancha.He doesn't like to play baseball where there is no field.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
3. (indicating place)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Se van a reunir todos los primos donde tu tía para cenar.All the cousins will gather at your aunt's for dinner.
¿Nos vemos donde el teatro del otro día?Shall we meet by the theater we went to the other day?
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cómo(
koh
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moh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in what way)
a. how
¿Cómo hiciste para llegar tan rápido?How did you get here so quickly?
2. (for what reason)
a. why
¿Cómo no me pediste ayuda?Why didn't you ask me for help?
3. (used in interjections)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡Uf, cómo pesa esta caja!Gosh, this box is heavy!
¡Cómo me gusta este café!I really like this coffee!
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (used to express surprise)
a. what
Se van a casar el mes que entra. - ¡Cómo!They are getting married next month. - What?
5. (used to ask someone to repeat something)
a. Sorry?
¿Cómo? Yo tampoco te oigo, debe de ser la línea.Sorry? I can't hear you either, it must be the line.
b. Come again?
Fue rey de Babilonia y su nombre era Nabucodonosor - ¿Cómo?He was king of Babylon and his name was Nebuchadnezzar - Come again?
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