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"Mañana" is an adverb which is often translated as "tomorrow", and "la" is a definite article which is often translated as "the". Learn more about the difference between "mañana" and "la" below.
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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la(
lah
)
A definite article is a word that identifies a noun as as specific or known to the speaker (e.g. the girl).
1. (before singular or uncountable feminine nouns)
a. the
La pelota está en el tejado.The ball is on the roof.
La leche está en el refrigerador.The milk is in the refrigerator.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
2. (direct object replacing feminine noun)
a. her
Quiero conocer a tu esposa. Si puedes, tráela la próxima vez.I want to meet your wife. If you can, bring her next time.
b. it
La carne que probamos estaba deliciosa. ¿Podemos cenarla?The meat we tried was delicious. Can we have it for dinner?
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (the sixth note on a diatonic scale)
a. la
La canción va así: "la, si, la, do".The song goes like this: "la, ti, la, do."
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