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"En la mañana" is a phrase which is often translated as "in the morning", and "por la mañana" is an adverb which is also often translated as "in the morning". Learn more about the difference between "en la mañana" and "por la mañana" below.
en la mañana(
ehn
 
lah
 
mah
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nyah
-
nah
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. in the morning
El presidente se reunió con el vicepresidente hoy en la mañana.The president had a meeting with the vice president today in the morning.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
En la mañana de hoy se esperan retenciones en las carreteras más importantes.Holdups are expected this morning on all major roads.
El encuentro entre ambos equipos tuvo lugar en la mañana del miércoles.The encounter between the two teams took place on Wednesday morning.
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por la mañana(
pohr
 
lah
 
mah
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nyah
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nah
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. in the morning
Prefiero ducharme por la mañana antes de ir a trabajar.I prefer taking a shower in the morning before going to work.
b. morning
Tengo cita con el dentista mañana por la mañana.I have a dental appointment tomorrow morning.
c. mornings
Suelo limpiar la casa los sábados por la mañana.I usually clean the house on Saturday mornings.
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