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"Ayer" is an adverb which is often translated as "yesterday", and "mañana" is an adverb which is often translated as "tomorrow". Learn more about the difference between "ayer" and "mañana" below.
ayer(
ah
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yehr
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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. (the day before today)
a. yesterday
Me siento mucho mejor hoy que ayer.I feel much better today than yesterday.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(recent past)
a. yesteryear
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
La vida simple del ayer que echamos tanto de menos.The simple life of yesteryear that we miss so much.
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mañana(
mah
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nyah
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nah
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (day after today)
a. tomorrow
Estaba planeando estudiar mañana.I was planning to study tomorrow.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
2. (time of day)
a. morning
Mi esposo siempre se levanta a las seis de la mañana.My husband always gets up at six in the morning.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (time to come)
a. tomorrow (figurative)
La educación moldea a la generación del mañana.Education shapes the generation of tomorrow.
b. future (figurative)
No tienes por qué temer el mañana.There's no reason to fear the future.
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