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"En" is a preposition which is often translated as "in", and "por la noche" is a phrase which is often translated as "at night". Learn more about the difference between "en" and "por la noche" 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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por la noche(
pohr
 
lah
 
noh
-
cheh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. at night
Los búhos salen por la noche.Owls come out at night.
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