Quick answer
"Donde" is an adverb which is often translated as "where", and "en donde" is a phrase which is also often translated as "where". Learn more about the difference between "donde" and "en donde" below.
donde(
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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. (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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en donde(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. where
Este es el punto exacto en donde tuvo lugar la balacera.This is the exact spot where the shooting took place.
b. in which
Óscar vive en un barrio en donde impera la delincuencia.Oscar lives in an area in which crime is rife.
c. wherever
Puedes esconderte en donde te parezca. Te encontraré.You can hide wherever you like. I'll find you.
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