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"En torno" is an adverb which is often translated as "around", and "alrededor" is an adverb which is also often translated as "around". Learn more about the difference between "en torno" and "alrededor" below.
en torno(
ehn
 
tohr
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noh
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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. (approximately)
a. around
El dietista me aconsejó perder en torno a diez libras.The dietitian advised me to lose around ten pounds.
2. (close by)
a. around
Los estudiantes de arte se situaron en torno a la escultura para observarla mejor.The art students placed themselves around the sculpture to observe it better.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
3. (relating to)
a. about
La prensa armó mucho revuelo en torno al escándalo de los famosos.The press caused a great stir about the celebrity scandal.
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alrededor(
ahl
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reh
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deh
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dohr
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (on all sides)
a. around
El paisaje era precioso todo alrededor.There was beautiful scenery all around.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (immediate area)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Eché un vistazo a mi alrededor para divisar mi paradero.I looked around me to work out my whereabouts.
Mira a tu alrededor; este es uno de los lugares más bonitos de la Tierra.Look around you; this is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
alrededores
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
3. (suburbs)
a. outskirts
Hay unas áreas peligrosas en los alrededores de la ciudad.There are some dangerous areas on the outskirts of town.
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