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"On the right" is a phrase which is often translated as "a la derecha", and "to the right" is an adverb which is also often translated as "a la derecha". Learn more about the difference between "on the right" and "to the right" below.
on the right(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. a la derecha
Keep going straight for about three blocks, and you will see the church on the right.Sigue derecho por unas tres cuadras, y verás la iglesia a la derecha.
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to the right(
tu
 
thuh
 
rayt
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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. (direction)
a. a la derecha
At the next traffic light, turn to the right.En el próximo semáforo, gira a la derecha.
b. a la diestra
Continue straight for the next five minutes and you will see the church to the right.Sigue derecho por cinco minutos más y verás la iglesia a la diestra.
c. hacia la derecha
Depending on the side from which you look at it, the Tower of Pisa leans either to the right or to the left.Dependiendo de qué lado la mires, la Torre de Pisa se inclina hacia la derecha o hacia la izquierda.
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