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"En cuanto a" is an adverb which is often translated as "with regard to", and "respecto" is a noun which is often translated as "regard". Learn more about the difference between "en cuanto a" and "respecto" below.
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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. (in reference to)
a. with regard to
En cuanto a la reunión, creo que es mejor que la pospongamos.With regard to the meeting, I think it is best that we postpone it.
b. as for
En cuanto al libro, aún no lo he leído.As for the book, I haven't read it yet.
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (aspect)
a. regard
En este respecto, creo que cada país tiene que asumir la responsabilidad por un futuro sostenible.In that regard, I think each country must assume responsibility for a sustainable future.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
2. (in relation to; used with "a" o "de" and sometimes proceded by "con")
a. with respect to
Ya tomaste una decisión respecto al carro que piensas comprar?Have you made a decision with respect to the car you plan to buy?
b. in regard to
Quisiera conversar contigo con respecto al comentario que hiciste ayer.I would like to have a chat with you in regard to the comment you made yesterday.
c. regarding
Lucía recibió buenas noticias respecto a la salud de su padre.Lucía received good news regarding her father's health.
d. about
Quiero reconocer que estaba equivocada respecto de tu hermano menor.I want to recognize that I was wrong about your little brother.
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