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"In theory" is a phrase which is often translated as "en teoría", and "theoretically" is an adverb which is often translated as "teóricamente". Learn more about the difference between "in theory" and "theoretically" 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 teoría
What sounds great in theory can be a failure when put it into practice.Lo que suena bien en teoría puede resultar un fracaso en la práctica.
b. teóricamente
In theory, smoking in bars is forbidden, but everybody does it anyway.Teóricamente está prohibido fumar en los bares, pero igual todo el mundo lo hace.
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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. teóricamente
Your goals are theoretically possible, but you'll have to work hard.Tus metas son teóricamente posibles, pero tendrás que trabajar mucho.
b. en teoría
Theoretically, we have enough time to meet up with Joan and Gemma before the concert.En teoría, tenemos suficiente tiempo para vernos con Joan y Gemma antes del concierto.
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