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"Enfrente de" is a phrase which is often translated as "across from", and "contra" is a preposition which is often translated as "against". Learn more about the difference between "enfrente de" and "contra" below.
enfrente de(
ehm
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frehn
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teh
 
deh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (facing)
a. across from
Mi casa está enfrente de la escuela.My house is across from the school.
b. opposite
No me gusta vivir enfrente del panteón.I don't like living opposite the cemetery.
2. (to the front of)
a. in front of
El taxi está esperando enfrente de la entrada.The taxi is waiting in front of the entrance.
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contra(
kohn
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trah
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (opposition)
a. against
Boca Juniors juega contra Santos este sábado. Boca Juniors plays against Santos this Saturday.
2. (position)
a. against
Pon este libro en el librero que está contra aquella pared, por favor.Put this book in the bookcase that is against that wall, please.
3. (direction)
a. against
Es muy duro nadar contra la corriente.It is very hard to swim against the current.
b. into
Para levantar la cometa tienes que correr contra el viento.To lift the kite you have to run into the wind.
4. (finance)
a. on
No aceptamos cheques girados contra bancos extranjeros.We don't accept checks drawn on foreign banks.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (argument against)
a. con
Antes de invertir, examine los pros y los contras.Before you invest, examine the pros and cons.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
6. (for poison)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Nicaragua
(Nicaragua)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. antidote
Necesita una contra para mordeduras de serpiente.She needs an antidote for snake bites.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to express surprise)
a. damn
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¡Contra, qué calor hace aquí!Damn, it's hot in here!
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