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"In the office" is a phrase which is often translated as "en la oficina", and "at" is a preposition which is often translated as "en". Learn more about the difference between "in the office" and "at" below.
in the office(
ihn
 
thuh
 
a
-
fihs
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. en la oficina
I don't like to be in the office after 5 pm.No me gusta estar en la oficina después de las 5 pm.
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at(
aht
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to indicate position)
a. en
I'll be waiting for you at the finish line.Te esperaré en la línea de meta.
2. (used to indicate direction)
a. hacia
The dog was running at him.El perro estaba corriendo hacia él.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The boy threw a ball at the wall.El niño tiró una pelota contra la pared.
The proud graduate waved at her parents.La graduada orgullosa saludó a sus padres.
3. (used to indicate time)
a. a (specific time)
The meeting starts at two in the afternoon.La reunión comienza a las dos de la tarde.
b. por (time of day)
We always eat late at night.Siempre comemos tarde por la noche.
4. (used to indicate manner)
a. a
It was love at first sight.Fue amor a primera vista.
5. (used to indicate activity)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He's good at making the new employees feel welcome.Tiene un don para hacer a los nuevos empleados sentirse bienvenidos.
I'm bad at sports.Se me dan mal los deportes.
6. (used to indicate cause)
a. por
The poem communicates gratefulness at the fact of being alive.El poema transmite agradecimiento por el hecho de estar vivo.
7. (the symbol @)
a. arroba
Is your email address at-gmail-dot-com or at-yahoo-dot-com?Tu dirección de correo electrónico, ¿es arroba-gmail-punto-com o arroba-yahoo-punto-com?
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