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"En primer lugar" is an adverb which is often translated as "firstly", and "en segundo lugar" is a phrase which is often translated as "in the second place". Learn more about the difference between "en primer lugar" and "en segundo lugar" below.
en primer lugar(
ehn
 
pree
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mehr
 
loo
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gahr
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (before anything else)
a. firstly
En primer lugar, vamos a discutir los problemas y después hablaremos de soluciones posibles.Firstly, we are going to discuss the problems, and afterwards, we will speak of possible solutions.
b. first
En primer lugar discutiremos la vida del autor.We will first discuss the author's life.
2. (ranking)
a. in first place
El ganador de la carrera llegó a la línea de meta en primer lugar.The winner of the race arrived in first place at the finish line.
3. (chiefly)
a. mainly
En primer lugar, quisiera agradecerles a todos por venir.Mainly, I would like to thank everybody for coming.
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en segundo lugar(
ehn
 
seh
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goon
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doh
 
loo
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gahr
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to make a second point)
a. in the second place
¿Por qué no fuiste al cine? - En primer lugar, no me atraía la película y, en segundo lugar, estaba cansado.Why didn't you go to the movies? - In the first place, the movie didn't appeal to me, and in the second place, I was tired.
b. secondly
En primer lugar, quisiera disculparme por mi retraso y, en segundo lugar, quisiera agradecerles su presencia aquí.Firstly, I'd like to apologize for being late, and secondly, I'd like to thank you for your presence here.
2. (in the second position)
a. in the second place
El atleta keniano terminó la carrera en segundo lugar.The Kenian athlete finished the race in the second place.
b. second
Nuestro equipo quedó en segundo lugar en la clasificación.Our team came second in the league table.
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