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"En un" is a phrase which is often translated as "in a", and "otro" is an adjective which is often translated as "another". Learn more about the difference between "en un" and "otro" below.
en un(
ehn
 
oon
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to indicate place)
a. in a
Las tijeras están en un cajón de la cocina.The scissors are in a kitchen drawer.
b. on a
Había varios libros de pesca en un estante.There were several books on fishing on a shelf.
c. in an
En un anuncio vi varios errores ortográficos.I saw several spelling mistakes in an ad.
d. on an
Estaba cansada y me senté en un viejo tronco de árbol.I was tired and sat on an old tree trunk.
e. at a
Mis padres se conocieron en un crucero.My parents met at a cruise.
f. at an
Ana habla varios idiomas y trabaja en un aeropuerto.Ana speaks several languages and works at an airport.
2. (used to indicate time)
a. in a
Las obras de la carretera estarán acabadas en un mes.The roadwork will be finished in a month.
b. in one
Visitamos todos los museos en un solo día.We visited all the museums in just one day.
3. (used to express a percentage)
a. by
El número de parados disminuyó en un dos por ciento.The number of unemployed has decreased by two per cent.
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otro(
oh
-
troh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (different)
a. another (singular)
Pásame otra servilleta.Pass me another napkin.
b. other (plural)
Compraron otras galletas.They bought other cookies.
2. (new)
a. another
¿Podría tomar otro trozo de tarta?May I have another piece of cake?
3. (following)
a. next
Al otro día, todo se había olvidado.The next day, all was forgotten.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
4. (a different one)
a. another
Mi vestido está manchado pero mi madre me traerá otro.My dress is stained but my mother will bring me another.
b. another one
Desapareció mi bolígrafo pero tengo otro.My pen disappeared but I have another one.
5. (a new one)
a. another
Acabé mi trozo de pastel; tráeme otro.I finished my cake; bring me another.
b. another one
Ese era tu último cuaderno, ¿te compro otro?That was your last notebook. Should I buy you another one?
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