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"In the afternoon" is a phrase which is often translated as "por la tarde", and "at night" is a phrase which is often translated as "por la noche". Learn more about the difference between "in the afternoon" and "at night" below.
in the afternoon(
ihn
 
thuh
 
ahf
-
tuhr
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nun
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (time of day)
a. por la tarde
I like to take a nap in the afternoon.Me gusta tomar una siesta por la tarde.
b. de la tarde
I have an appointment at four in the afternoon.Tengo una cita a las cuatro de la tarde.
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at night(
aht
 
nayt
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (indicating time)
a. por la noche
Be careful when leaving the office at night.Ten cuidado cuando sales de la oficina por la noche.
b. por las noches
The temperatures drop drastically at night.La temperatura baja bastante por las noches.
c. en la noche
The more the dog plays during the day, the more he sleeps at night.Cuanto más juega el perro de día, más duerme en la noche.
d. en las noches
At night, the darkness and snow make it dangerous to drive.En las noches, la oscuridad y la nieve hacen que manejar sea peligroso.
e. de noche
The novelist said she only writes at night.La novelista dijo que solo escribe de noche.
f. de la noche
What's the time there? - Here it's ten o'clock at night.¿Qué hora es allí? - Aquí son las diez de la noche.
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