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"En la mesa" is a phrase which is often translated as "on the table", and "a la mesa" is a phrase which is often translated as "to the table". Learn more about the difference between "en la mesa" and "a la mesa" below.
en la mesa(
ehn
 
lah
 
meh
-
sah
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. on the table
Mila dejó las llaves en la mesa y fue corriendo al baño.Mila left the keys on the table and hurried to the bathroom.
b. at the table
En la mesa habría unos diez comensales.There were about ten guests at the table.
c. on the desk
Gloria dejó el portátill en la mesa.Gloria left the laptop on the desk.
d. at the desk
Juan no está en la mesa ahora mismo. ¿Quiere dejarle algún recado?Juan's not at the desk right now. Would you like to leave a message?
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a la mesa(
ah
 
lah
 
meh
-
sah
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to indicate direction)
a. to the table
¿Puedes llevar los cubiertos a la mesa, por favor?Can you take the cutlery to the table, please?
b. at the table
¿Quieres sentarte a la mesa de una vez? Estamos todos esperándote para empezar a comer.Will you sit at the table once and for all? We're all waiting for you to start eating.
2. (used to indicate position)
a. at the table
Cuando entré en el comedor, toda la familia estaba sentada a la mesa.When I came into the dining room, the whole family was sitting at the table.
3. (used to talk about the table)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A la mesa le cojea una pata.One of the table's legs is wobbly.
A la mesa le hace falta un mantel. - Sí, podemos comprarlo esta tarde.The table needs a tablecloth. - Yes, we can buy it this afternoon.
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