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"Es decir" is a phrase which is often translated as "that is to say", and "así es" is an adverb which is often translated as "that's right". Learn more about the difference between "es decir" and "así es" below.
es decir(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (another way to say)
a. that is to say
La piscina está contaminada, es decir, ¡no te bañes en ella!The swimming pool is contaminated; that is to say, don't swim in it!
b. that is
No tienes que venir, es decir, si no quieres.You don't have to come, that is, if you don't want to.
c. in other words
Me queda un montón de tarea para hacer, es decir, no puedo acompañarte al cine.I still have a ton of homework to do; in other words, I can't go with you to the movies.
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así es(
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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. (correct)
a. that's right
¿Usted es el gerente? - Así es. ¿En qué puedo ayudarle?Are you the manager? - That's right. How can I help you?
b. that's it
¿Entonces pregunto en secretaría? - Así es. Allí te dirán lo que tienes que hacer.Shall I inquire at the admissions office then? - That's it. They'll tell you what to do.
2. (true)
a. that's true
Desde luego, el que no llora no mama. - Así es.It's pretty clear that if you don't ask you don't get. - That's true.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
3. (expressing a state)
a. that's
Así es la vida: a veces ganas, a veces pierdes.That's life: sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
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