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"In the evening" is a phrase which is often translated as "por la tarde", and "in the afternoon" is a phrase which is also often translated as "por la tarde". Learn more about the difference between "in the evening" and "in the afternoon" below.
in the evening(
ihn
 
thuh
 
iv
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nihng
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (before dark)
a. por la tarde
We're going to go to the movies in the evening.Vamos a ir al cine por la tarde.
b. de la tarde
My boyfriend takes the dog for a walk in the evening.Mi novio saca al perro a pasear a última hora de la tarde.
c. en la tarde
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Skipping breakfast may negatively impact an athlete's performance, even in the evening.Saltarse el desayuno puede afectar negativamente al rendimiento de un atleta, incluso en la tarde.
d. a la tarde (River Plate)
We usually go to the gym in the evening.Solemos ir al gimnasio a la tarde.
2. (after dark)
a. por la noche
Younger voters are more likely to vote in the evening when they get off work.Los votantes más jovenes son más propensos a votar por la noche cuando salen de trabajar.
b. de la noche
My favorite program comes on at 8 in the evening.Mi programa favorito sale a las 8 de la noche.
c. en la noche
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Georgina likes to eat dinner by candlelight in the evening.A Georgina le gusta cenar con velas en la noche.
d. a la noche (River Plate)
The Passover Seder is celebrated in the evening on the 15th of Nisan.El Séder de Pésaj se celebra a la noche del día 15 de Nisán.
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in the afternoon(
ihn
 
thuh
 
ahf
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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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