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"Entre" is a preposition which is often translated as "between", and "al lado de" is a phrase which is often translated as "next to". Learn more about the difference between "entre" and "al lado de" below.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (in the middle of)
a. between (two elements)
Cuelga el cuadro entre ambas ventanas.Hang the painting between both windows.
b. among (several elements)
Encontré un maní entre las almendras.I found a peanut among the almonds.
c. amongst (several elements)
No podía encontrar la entrada entre mis cosas en el bolso.I couldn't find the ticket amongst my things in my purse.
2. (with relation to)
a. between
Es algo que tenemos que solucionar entre tú y yo.That's something to be solved between you and me.
3. (considering)
a. between
Entre unas cosas y otras, gastamos mucho dinero.Between one thing and another, we spent a lot of money.
4. (mathematics)
a. by
Cuarenta dividido entre cuatro es diez.Forty divided by four is ten.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
5. (in comparisons)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Entre menos te quejes, más caso te haré.The less you complain, the more you'll get my attention.
Entre más trabajes, más ganarás.The more you work, the more you'll earn.
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al lado de(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (used to indicate position)
a. next to
Espérame en el restaurante que está al lado del metro.Wait for me at the restaurant that is next to the subway.
b. beside
El novio estaba sentado al lado de la novia durante la ceremonia.The groom was sitting beside the bride during the ceremony.
2. (used to indicate company)
a. with
Su esposo siempre estuvo al lado de ella cuando lo necesitó.Her husband was always with her when she needed him.
3. (used to express comparison)
a. compared to
Nuestra casa es muy pequeña al lado de la suya.Our house is very small compared to yours.
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