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"Esto" is a pronoun which is often translated as "this", and "como" is an adverb which is often translated as "like". Learn more about the difference between "esto" and "como" below.
esto(
ehs
-
toh
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (demonstrative)
a. this
Esto es lo que buscaba.This is what I was looking for.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
2. (sentence tag)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. well
Esto . . . ¿has conocido al novio de Alicia que viene esta noche? Well . . . have you met Alicia's boyfriend who is coming tonight?
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como(
koh
-
moh
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (comparative)
a. like
Quiero ser como tú.I want to be like you.
2. (used to express manner)
a. as
Haz como te digo.Do as I say.
3. (used to express a role or function)
a. as
Uso mi teléfono como una computadora.I use my phone as a computer.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
4. (used to express cause)
a. since
Como no estabas aquí, tomé la decisión por ti.Since you were not here, I made the decision for you.
5. (used to express condition)
a. if
Como llegues tarde al examen, no se te dará más tiempo.If you arrive late for the exam, you will not be given extra time.
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