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"Anochecer" is a noun which is often translated as "dusk", and "crepúsculo" is a noun which is often translated as "twilight". Learn more about the difference between "anochecer" and "crepúsculo" below.
anochecer(
ah
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noh
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cheh
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sehr
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (sundown)
a. dusk
El cielo siempre se ve hermoso por aquí al anochecer.The sky always looks beautiful around here at dusk.
b. nightfall
Puedes salir a jugar, pero métete antes del anochecer.You can go outside to play, but come in before nightfall.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
2. (to become nighttime)
a. to get dark
Cada día anochece más temprano.It's getting dark earlier every day.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Salen los murciélagos cuando anochece.Bats come out when night falls.
En el verano puedes ver luciérnagas cuando anochece.You can see lightning bugs in the summer when the sun goes down.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to be somewhere as night falls; used with "en")
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Es un viaje de dos días y tenemos planeado anochecer en Hermosillo.It's a two day trip and we plan to make it to Hermosillo by nightfall.
Anochecimos de regreso a casa.Night fell as we were on our way home.
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crepúsculo(
kreh
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poos
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koo
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loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (at sundown)
a. twilight
La ciudad se ve encantadora al crepúsculo.The city looks enchanting at twilight.
b. dusk
Vi al hombre desaparecer en la distancia con la luz del crepúsculo.I saw the man disappear into the distance as dusk fell.
2. (at daybreak)
a. dawn
Todo está tan plácido al crepúsculo de la mañana.Everything is so peaceful at dawn.
b. first light
Hay que levantarnos temprano para estar en el sendero al crepúsculo de la mañana.We have to get up early to be on the path at morning's first light.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(period of decline)
a. twilight
En el crepúsculo de su vida, se arrepintió de no haberse casado.In his twilight years, he regretted that he'd never married.
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