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"Destino" is a noun which is often translated as "destiny", and "al" is a preposition which is often translated as "to the". Learn more about the difference between "destino" and "al" below.
destino(
dehs
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tee
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noh
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (fortune)
a. destiny
Mi abuelo decía que el trabajo duro, no el destino, hace rica a la gente.My grandfather said that hard work, not destiny, makes people rich.
b. fate
Algunos dicen que fue planeado y otros que simplemente fue el destino.Some say it was planned, and others say it was simply fate.
2. (end of a journey)
a. destination
Pasajeros con destino final de Caracas, favor de abordar por la puerta 11.Passengers with Caracas as their final destination, please board at gate 11.
3. (position)
a. post
Le dieron un destino en contaduría.They gave her a post in accounting.
b. posting
Su primer destino en la fuerza naval fue una base en San Diego.His first posting in the navy was at a base in San Diego.
4. (purpose)
a. use
Debo encontrar un destino para este regalo que me dio mi suegra.I need to find some use for this gift my mother-in-law gave me.
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al(
ahl
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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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