Quick answer
"First" is an adjective which is often translated as "primero", and "then" is an adverb which is often translated as "entonces". Learn more about the difference between "first" and "then" below.
first(
fuhrst
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (ordinal number)
a. primero
The first time I ever had guacamole was in Guadalajara.La primera vez que probé el guacamole fue en Guadalajara.
b. primer (before noun)
The first chapter of the novel was the best.El primer capítulo de la novela fue el mejor.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (ahead of others)
a. primero
I had to speak first in the meeting.Tuve que hablar primero en la reunión.
3. (before anything else)
a. primero
First, I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me.Primero me gustaría agradecer a los organizadores por haberme invitado.
4. (rather)
a. antes
You want me to give up my rights? I'd quit first.¿Quiere que renuncie a mis derechos? Antes renuncio.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (in dates)
a. el primero
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The first of April is a day for pranks and jokes of all kinds.El primero de abril es un día para bromas y chistes de todo tipo.
6. (car gear)
a. la primera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We had to go up the slope in first.Tuvimos que subir la cuesta en primera.
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then(
thehn
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in that case)
a. entonces
If you eat healthy food, then you won't get sick.Si comes comida sana, entonces no te enfermarás.
2. (at that moment)
a. entonces
Make sure to finish your work by then.Asegúrate de terminar tu trabajo para entonces.
3. (next)
a. luego
Now it's my turn, then yours.Ahora es mi turno, luego el tuyo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (at that time)
a. entonces
When I was a teenager, the then president visited my parents' restaurant.Cuando era menor, el entonces presidente visitó el restaurante de mis padres.
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