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"En lugar de" is a phrase which is often translated as "instead of", and "coma" is a noun which is often translated as "coma". Learn more about the difference between "en lugar de" and "coma" below.
en lugar de(
ehn
 
loo
-
gahr
 
deh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (rather than)
a. instead of
¿Por qué no nos echas una mano en lugar de quejarte tanto?Why don't you give us a hand instead of constantly complaining?
2. (as a substitute for)
a. instead of
Alguien tendrá que ir al almuerzo de trabajo con los japoneses en lugar de María.Someone will have to go to the working lunch with the Japanese instead of Maria.
b. in place of
El Real Madrid tenía que encontrar alguien que pudiera jugar en lugar de Zidane.Real Madrid had to find someone who could play in place of Zidane.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Pasé el fin de semana preparando una reunión a la que tenía que acudir el lunes por la mañana en lugar de mi jefa.I spent the weekend preparing a meeting I had to attend on Monday morning in my boss's place.
Lucía no va a llegar a tiempo. Iré yo en su lugar.Lucia is not going to make it. I'll go in her place.
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coma(
koh
-
mah
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (illness)
a. coma
Su hermana estuvo en coma durante tres años antes de despertarse.His sister was in a coma for three years before she woke up.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
2. (punctuation)
a. comma
Aquí hay que poner una coma después de la cláusula subordinada.You a have to put a comma after the dependent clause.
3. (mathematics)
a. point
Uno coma tres millones de personas murieron en aquella guerra.One point three million people died in that war.
4. (music)
a. comma
El tamaño de la coma depende del sistema de afinación que se utilice.The size of the comma depends on the system of tuning that is used.
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