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"On the side" is a phrase which is often translated as "aparte", and "aside" is an adverb which is often translated as "a un lado". Learn more about the difference between "on the side" and "aside" below.
on the side
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (also)
a. aparte
I'm an accountant, but I compose music on the side.Soy contador, pero aparte, compongo música.
b. además
I'd love to work with you, but you need to know that I have my own business on the side.Me encantaría trabajar contigo, pero tienes que saber que además tengo mi propio negocio.
c. por añadidura
We thought he was faithful, but he had other girls that he spent time with on the side.Pensábamos que era fiel, pero tenía a otras chicas por añadidura con las que pasaba el tiempo.
2. (not part of the main dish)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Can I have a sandwich with carrots on the side?¿Me das un sándwich y también unas zanahorias?
I want a burger with fries on the side.Quiero una hamburguesa con papas fritas.
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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. (to the side)
a. a un lado
I moved aside to let a waiter carrying a tray pass.Me hice a un lado para dejar pasar a un camarero que llevaba una bandeja.
b. aparte
Can I pull you aside to talk to you for a moment?¿Puedo llevarte aparte para hablar contigo por un momento?
2. (except; used with "from")
a. aparte de
Aside from going to the beach, there isn't much to do around here.Aparte de ir a la playa, no hay mucho que hacer por aquí.
3. (in addition; used with "from")
a. además de
The apartment is beautiful and in a nice neighborhood; aside from that, it's inexpensive.El apartamento es bonito y está situado en un barrio bueno; además de eso es económico.
b. aparte de
I'd love to go out, but I have a lot of homework, and aside from that I'm flat broke.Me encantaría salir, pero tengo muchos deberes, y aparte de eso, no tengo un centavo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (theater)
a. el aparte
(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).
This line of the play is directed to the audience as an aside.Esta frase de la obra está dirigida al público como aparte.
5. (digression)
a. la acotación
(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).
We sometimes have to indulge our professor's random asides.A veces tenemos que aguantar las acotaciones aleatorias de nuestro profesor.
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