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"Inside" is an adverb which is often translated as "dentro", and "within" is a preposition which is often translated as "dentro de". Learn more about the difference between "inside" and "within" below.
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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. (within a place, container or object)
a. dentro
He entered the House of Horror knowing that, once inside, there was no turning back.Entró en la Casa del Terror sabiendo que, una vez dentro, ya no había vuelta atrás.
b. adentro
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
There was the box. I had no idea what was inside.Allí estaba la caja. No tenía idea de qué había adentro.
c. por dentro
Some of these candies have chocolate inside.Algunos de estos dulces llevan chocolate por dentro.
2. (into a place, room or building)
a. adentro
She opened the door and invited me to step inside.Abrió la puerta y me invitó a pasar adentro.
b. dentro
If it starts raining, we'll go inside.Si se pone a llover, nos pasamos dentro.
3. (in one's mind or heart)
a. por dentro
Inside, he felt that he had done the right thing.Por dentro sentía que había hecho lo correcto.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(in prison)
a. en cana
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
He spent more than ten years inside for selling drugs.Pasó más de diez años en cana por vender drogas.
b. en el bote
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
His wife ended up inside for money laundering.Su mujer acabó en el bote por blanqueo de capitales.
c. en chirona
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The thief spent five years inside.El ladrón pasó cinco años en chirona.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
5. (indicating location or movement)
a. dentro de
I always stay inside the car when we stop at a gas station.Siempre me quedo dentro del coche cuando paramos en una gasolinera.
b. en
We went inside the store.Entramos en la tienda.
6. (indicating time)
a. en menos de
We finished painting the room inside two hours.Terminamos de pintar la habitación en menos de dos horas.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (interior)
a. el interior
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The inside of the house wasn't as nice as the photos on the website.El interior de la casa no era tan bonito como mostraban las fotos del sitio web.
8. (inner side or surface)
a. la parte de dentro
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There was ice on the inside of the windowpanes.Había hielo en la parte de dentro de los vidrios.
9. (of a road)
a. el interior
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He got past Vettel on the inside on turn 3.Pasó a Vettel por el interior en la curva 3.
b. la derecha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(driving in America, Europe or Asia)
She just overtook me on the inside!¡Acaba de adelantarme por la derecha!
c. la izquierda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(driving in the UK, India or Australia)
They got past me on the inside on a bend.Me pasaron por la izquierda en una curva.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
10. (interior)
a. interior
The jacket has two inside pockets.La chaqueta tiene dos bolsillos interiores.
11. (from within an organization)
a. confidencial (sources or information)
Thanks to inside information from a contact I sold my shares.Pude vender mis acciones gracias a información confidencial de un contacto.
b. organizado desde dentro (job)
The door was not forced, so everything points to an inside job.La puerta no estaba forzada, así que todo apunta a un golpe organizado desde dentro.
insides
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
12.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(stomach)
a. las tripas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I feared someone might hear my insides growl.Temía que alguien oyera cómo me sonaban las tripas.
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within(
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (inside of)
a. dentro de
You have the right to travel freely within the borders of our country.Tiene derecho a viajar libremente dentro de las fronteras de nuestro país.
2. (not beyond)
a. dentro de
Ask for whatever you want on your birthday, within reason.Pide lo que quieras para tu cumpleaños, dentro de lo razonable.
b. a menos de
I prefer that my workplace be within five miles of my home.Prefiero que mi lugar de trabajo esté a menos de cinco millas de mi hogar.
3. (related to time)
a. dentro de
You should finish the questionnaire within ten minutes.Deberías acabar el cuestionario dentro de diez minutos.
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