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"En coche" is an adverb which is often translated as "by car", and "en carro" is a phrase which is also often translated as "by car". Learn more about the difference between "en coche" and "en carro" below.
en coche(
ehn
 
koh
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cheh
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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. (general)
a. by car
¿Vas a Madrid en coche o en tren?Are you going to Madrid by car or by train?
De aquí a la estación se tardan 20 minutos en coche aproximadamente.From here to the station, it takes approximately 20 minutes by car.
b. in the car
Mi mujer vendrá a recogerme al aeropuerto en coche.My wife will pick me up at the airport in the car.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
No me apetecía andar, así que me fui a trabajar en coche.I didn't feel like walking, so I drove to work.
Si quieres, puedo llevarte en coche. No me cuesta nada.If you like, I can give you a lift. It's no trouble at all.
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en carro(
ehn
 
kah
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rroh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (by automobile)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. by car
¿Decidieron ya si quieren ir al centro en carro o en camión?Have you already made up your minds as to whether you want to go downtown by car or by bus?
b. in the car
Como vives ahí al lado, podría pasar a recogerte en carro y nos vamos juntas hasta allí.Since you live round the corner, I could go to fetch you in the car, and we can drive there together.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Pero ¿qué es esa tontería de que te vas a ir andando a la estación? Te llevamos nosotros en carro.But what's all that nonsense about you walking to the station? We'll give you a lift.
Si no hay mucho tráfico, prefiero ir al trabajo en carro.If there isn't a lot of traffic, I prefer to drive to work.
2. (in a wagon)
a. by cart
No había otro medio de transporte, y los granjeros llevaban sus productos al mercado en carro.There wasn't any other means of transport, and farmers would take their produce to the market by cart.
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