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"En vez de" is a preposition which is often translated as "instead of", and "frente a" is a preposition which is often translated as "in front of". Learn more about the difference between "en vez de" and "frente a" below.
en vez de(
ehn
 
behs
 
deh
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (general)
a. instead of
¿Por qué no me ayudas en vez de quedarte ahí mirando?Why don't you help me instead of sitting there watching?
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frente a(
frehn
-
teh
 
ah
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (across from)
a. in front of
Puedes estacionar tu carro frente a mi casa.You can park your car in front of my house.
b. opposite
La entrada al parqueadero está frente al edificio principal.The entrance to the parking garage is opposite the main building.
2. (in opposition to)
a. against
Mi candidato favorito está en desventaja frente a los otros favoritos.My favorite candidate is in disadvantage against the other frontrunners.
3. (in the presence of)
a. facing
Nos encontramos frente a una posible sequía por la falta de lluvias.We are facing a major draught with the lack of rain this season.
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