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"En fin" is a phrase which is often translated as "anyway", and "total" is an adjective which is often translated as "complete". Learn more about the difference between "en fin" and "total" below.
en fin(
ehn
 
feen
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to express conclusion)
a. anyway
En fin, amigos, creo que ya ha opinado todo el mundo. Si les parece, podemos comenzar con la votación.Anyway, folks, I think everyone has had their say. If it's all right with you, we can start voting.
b. well
En fin, qué le vamos a hacer. No siempre se puede ganar, ¿no?Well, what can you do. You can't always win, can you?
c. oh well
¿Se han peleado otra vez? En fin, son niños.Did they fight again? Oh well, kids will be kids.
2. (to sum up)
a. in a nutshell
Hubo globos, juegos, música, refrescos, una gran tarta... En fin, fue una fiesta de cumpleaños por todo lo alto.There were balloons, games, music, sodas, a big cake. In a nutshell, it was quite a birthday party.
b. in short
Esto, en fin, es lo que me dijo Julia.This, in short, was what Julia said to me.
c. all in all
En fin, estamos bastante contentos con nuestra nueva casa.All in all, we're quite happy with our new home.
d. in brief
Llena de violencia gratuita y errores de guion, la película es, en fin, un desastre.Full of gratuitous violence and screenplay mistakes, the movie is, in brief, a complete disaster.
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total(
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tahl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (absolute)
a. complete
Me encanta nuestro profesor. Es un genio total.I love our teacher. He's a complete genius.
b. total
Al final, el viaje fue un desastre total.In the end, the trip was a total disaster.
2. (aggregate)
a. total
El coste total de la casa es más de lo que pensábamos pagar.The total cost of the house is more than we were hoping to pay.
3. (fantastic)
a. brilliant
Me fascina el estilo de esa directora. Hizo una película total.I love that director's style. She made a brilliant movie.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (sum)
a. total
Sus papás cobraron el total de los gastos de su proyecto de biología.Her parents covered the total cost of her biology project.
5. (entirety)
a. whole
El total de su experiencia en el extranjero fue positivo.The whole of his study abroad experience was positive.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (in summary)
a. so
Casi todos mis amigos se durmieron temprano, total, que me acabé quedando en casa.Almost all my friends ended up going to sleep early, so I ended up staying home.
b. in short
Total, no hay más opción que comprar una nueva bicicleta.In short, there's no other option but to buy a new bycicle.
c. in the end
Total, que tienes que trabajar mucho y esperar que todo salga bien.In the end, you have to work hard and hope that everything works out.
d. all in all
Total, no es mala persona, pero no me gusta mucho trabajar con él.All in all, he's not a bad guy, but I don't really like working with him.
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