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"En el restaurante" is a phrase which is often translated as "at the restaurant", and "cerca de" is a phrase which is often translated as "close to". Learn more about the difference between "en el restaurante" and "cerca de" below.
en el restaurante(
ehn
 
ehl
 
rrehs
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tow
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rahn
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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. at the restaurant
Todos los días comemos en el restaurante que hay al lado de la oficina.We have lunch at the restaurant next to the office everyday.
b. in the restaurant
Cuando llegamos, no había nadie en el restaurante, pero se llenó muy deprisa.When we arrived, there was no one in the restaurant, but it filled up very quickly.
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cerca de(
sehr
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kah
 
deh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (prepositional)
a. close to
Mi único requisito es que mi apartamento esté cerca de un supermercado.My only requirement is that my apartment be close to a supermarket.
b. near
Mi oficina no está cerca de ninguna tienda.My office is not near any shops.
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