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"En" is a preposition which is often translated as "in", and "dentro" is an adverb which is often translated as "inside". Learn more about the difference between "en" and "dentro" below.
en(
ehn
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (indicating place)
a. in
Hay comida ya preparada en el supermercado.There's ready-made food in the supermarket.
b. on
Puedes poner los cubiertos en la mesa. You can put the silverware on the table.
2. (indicating time)
a. on
En 1969, aterrizamos en la luna.In 1969, we landed on the moon.
3. (indicating mode)
a. in
Si un oso te persigue, corre en zigzag.If a bear is chasing you, run in a zig-zag formation.
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dentro(
dehn
-
troh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. inside
Los niños están jugando dentro.The children are playing inside.
b. indoors
Tengo que irme dentro por mis alergias.I need to go indoors because of my allergies.
c. in
El gato está allí dentro.The cat's in there.
d. within
Ella carga un secreto pesado dentro.She carries a heavy secret within.
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