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"El día siguiente" is a phrase which is often translated as "the next day", and "al" is a preposition which is often translated as "to the". Learn more about the difference between "el día siguiente" and "al" below.
el día siguiente(
ehl
 
dee
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ah
 
see
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gyehn
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teh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. the next day
Cuando llegamos, hacía calor, pero el día siguiente hizo mucho frío.When we arrived it was hot, but the next day was very cold.
b. the following day
No nos pudimos encontrar el domingo, pero nos vimos el día siguiente.We couldn't meet on Sunday, but we met the following day.
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al(
ahl
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (contraction of "a" plus "el")
a. to the
Vamos al centro comercial después de clases.We're going to the shopping mall after class.
b. when
Al decirle que tenía que ponerse a trabajar, Josué se enfadó mucho con su hermana.When she told him he needed to get to work, Josue got really mad at his sister.
c. as
Al no poder encontrar trabajo, Mark decidió de emigrar.As he couldn't find a job, Mark decided to emigrate.
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