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"Etapa" is a noun which is often translated as "period", and "época" is a noun which is also often translated as "period". Learn more about the difference between "etapa" and "época" below.
etapa(
eh
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tah
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pah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (time)
a. period
Después de la guerra, entraron en una etapa de paz. After the war, they entered a period of peace.
b. stage
La etapa de preparación es fundamental para obtener buenos resultados.The planning stage is crucial for getting good results.
c. phase
He llegado a la etapa de mi vida donde quiero tener hijos.I've reached the phase in my life where I want to have children.
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época(
eh
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poh
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kah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (duration of time)
a. period
La universidad fue la mejor época de mi vida.College was the best period of my life.
b. time
En esa época, no sabía realmente lo que quería de una relación.At that time, I didn't know what I really wanted in a relationship.
c. age
El siglo pasado fue una época de conflictos en Europa.Last century was an age of conflicts in Europe.
d. epoch (formal)
Los dinosaurios vagaban el planeta en una época antigua.Dinosaurs roamed the planet in an ancient epoch.
2. (time of year)
a. season
La época de sequía de Ecuador comienza en junio.Ecuador's dry season begins in June.
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