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"En" is a preposition which is often translated as "in", and "pasar a" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to go into". Learn more about the difference between "en" and "pasar a" 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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pasar a(
pah
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sahr
 
ah
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to move to)
a. to go into
Cuando acabemos de cenar en el comedor, pasaremos al salón y tomaremos allí el café.When we finish dinner in the dinning room, we'll go into the living room and have coffee there.
2. (to begin to)
a. to go on to
Ahora pasaremos a tratar el tema del presupuesto.We'll go on to discuss the budget now.
3. (to reach)
a. to go through to
El tenista ganó el partido y pasó a las semifinales.The tennis player won the game and went through to the semifinals.
4. (to get past)
a. to overtake
Esta carretera tiene solo dos carriles, y es muy difícil pasar a otros vehículos.This road only has two lanes, and it's very difficult to overtake other vehicles.
5. (to overcome)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Mi hijo ya ha pasado a su primo en altura aunque tiene un año menos.My son is now taller than his cousin even though he's one year younger.
Nuestro equipo pasó a todos los demás equipos locales en la clasificación.Our team came higher than all the other local teams in the league table.
6. (to turn into)
a. to become
Empezó siendo solo un chupatintas, pero en menos de un año había pasado a ser el director del departamento.He was just a pen-pusher to start with, but he'd become head of the department in less than a year.
7. (used to express intention)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
De vuelta de la playa, pasaremos a ver al abuelo.On our way back from the beach, we'll stop by to see Grandpa.
¿A qué hora quieres que pasemos a buscarte para ir al cine?What time do you want us go pick you up to go to the movies?
pasarse a
A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
8. (to change one's allegiance)
a. to go over to
Muchos de los mercenarios se pasaron al otro bando a cambio de tierras y más oro.Many of the mercenaries went over to the other side in exchange for land and more gold.
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