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"In a way" is a phrase which is often translated as "en cierto modo", and "as" is a preposition which is often translated as "como". Learn more about the difference between "in a way" and "as" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (general)
a. en cierto modo
I think she's smart, in a way. It's just that she's just not a genius.Creo que es inteligente, en cierto modo. Solo que tampoco es un genio.
b. de alguna manera
In a way, my students teach me.De alguna manera, mis estudiantes me enseñan.
c. de algún modo
In a way, the politician has a point.De algún modo, el político tiene razón.
d. de alguna forma
My vacations wear me out, in a way.Las vacaciones me cansan, de alguna forma.
e. en cierto sentido
The city was his first love, in a way.La ciudad fue su primer amor, en cierto sentido.
f. en cierta forma
In a way, the comedians are the least funny people in the room.En cierta forma, los cómicos son las personas menos graciosas en el lugar.
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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 role of)
a. como
I spent 20 years working as an accountant.Trabajé como contador durante 20 años.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
2. (when)
a. cuando
The phone rang as we were leaving the house.Sonó el teléfono cuando estábamos saliendo de la casa.
3. (while)
a. mientras
I like to listen to music as I work.Me gusta escuchar música mientras trabajo.
4. (at the same time as)
a. a medida que
I've really come to respect her as I've gotten to know her.Realmente llegué a respetarla a medida que la fui conociendo.
5. (because)
a. como
As our flight was canceled, we had to find a hotel for the night.Como se canceló nuestro vuelo, tuvimos que encontrar un hotel donde pasar la noche.
6. (like)
a. como
Please leave everything as you found it.Por favor, deja todo como lo encontraste.
7. (though)
a. aunque
Intelligent as you are, you still have to work hard.Aunque eres inteligente, todavía tienes que trabajar duro.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
8. (in comparisons)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I am as thin as she is.Soy tan delgada como ella.
I do not have as many shoes as my sister.No tengo tantos zapatos como mi hermana.
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