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"In public" is an adverb which is often translated as "en público", and "on the surface" is a phrase which is often translated as "en la superficie". Learn more about the difference between "in public" and "on the surface" below.
in public(
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puhb
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lihk
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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. (general)
a. en público
Gerald, I love you, but I don't like it when you kiss me in public.Gerald, te amo, pero no me gusta que me beses en público.
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on the surface(
an
 
thuh
 
suhr
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fihs
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (on the outer part)
a. en la superficie
If you zoom in, you will see some strange marks on the surface.Si agrandas la imagen, vas a ver unas marcas extrañas en la superficie.
2. (to outward appearances)
a. en apariencia
On the surface, she seems a kind and nice woman, but she's a mean person.En apariencia, es una mujer amable y agradable, pero es una persona malvada.
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