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"Enfrente" is an adverb which is often translated as "opposite", and "adelante" is an adverb which is often translated as "forward". Learn more about the difference between "enfrente" and "adelante" below.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (on the other side; often used with "de")
a. opposite
La peluquería está justo enfrente del cine.The hairdresser's is opposite the cinema.
Dejamos el coche ahí enfrente.We left the car just opposite.
2. (just ahead; often used with "de")
a. in front
Hemos aparcado el coche enfrente de la discoteca.We have parked the car in front of the club.
3. (face-to-face)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Se sentó enfrente de él y le miró a los ojos.She sat down facing him and looked into his eyes.
¿Qué le dirías si lo tuvieras enfrente?What would you say to him if he was in front of you?
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (toward the front)
a. forward
Mueve tu coche un poco adelante para que pueda pasar.Move your car forward a little so I can get through.
b. near the front
No quiero sentarme demasiado adelante.I don't want to sit too near the front.
c. ahead
Ricardo está adelante ya en la fila.Ricardo is already ahead in the line.
2. (farther)
a. further on
La tienda de mascotas está adelante todavía.The pet shop is still further on.
b. further
Nos enfermamos en Caracas y ya no pudimos seguir adelante.We got sick in Caracas and just couldn't go on any further.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
3. (to the front of; used with "de")
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. in front of
Georgina se sienta adelante de mí en la clase de ciencias.Georgina sits in front of me in science class.
b. ahead of
Adelante de ti hay un camión descompuesto.There's a broken-down truck ahead of you.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (go ahead)
a. come in
¡Adelante! No se quede en la puerta.Come in! Don't stand in the doorway.
b. carry on
¡Adelante! ¡No te detengas!Carry on! Don't stop!
c. go on
¡Adelante! Cuéntame el resto de la historia.Go on. Tell me the rest of the story.
d. forward (military)
¡Adelante marchen!Forward march!
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