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"Onward" is an adverb which is often translated as "adelante", and "from now on" is a phrase which is often translated as "a partir de ahora". Learn more about the difference between "onward" and "from now on" below.
onward
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (forward in space or time)
a. adelante
The Mongols marched relentlessly onward, conquering everyone in their path.Los mongoles marcharon adelante sin descanso, conquistando a todos a su paso.
b. hacia adelante
The neighborhood improvement project is moving onward.El proyecto de mejoramiento del barrio está yendo hacia adelante.
c. en adelante
Have you noticed that the quality of their products declined substantially from 2005 onward?¿Te has dado cuenta de que la calidad de sus productos disminuyó mucho de 2005 en adelante?
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'll be there from 9 am onward, till we get everything ready.Estaré allí desde las 9 am hasta que tengamos todo listo.
The club is open from 11 pm onward, until the last customer leaves.El club está abierto a partir de las 11 pm, hasta que el último cliente se vaya.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (moving forward)
a. hacia adelante
The onward march of progress is unstoppable.La marcha del progreso hacia adelante es imposible de detener.
3. (continuing a journey)
a. de conexión
I had to show my onward ticket before I could board my flight to the Phillipines.Tenía que mostrar mi boleto de conexión antes de abordar el vuelo a las Filipinas.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (used to get people moving)
a. adelante
"Onward!" he shouted, as he pointed down the road."¡Adelante!" gritó, señalando el camino.
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from now on(
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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 partir de ahora
From now on, I will drive and you will navigate.A partir de ahora, yo manejo y tú haces de copiloto.
b. desde ahora
From now on, I'm not letting anybody else make decisions for me.Desde ahora, no voy a dejar que nadie tome decisiones por mí.
c. de ahora en adelante
From now on, I will only love you.De ahora en adelante, solamente a ti te amaré.
d. de aquí en adelante
Until now I've treated you well, but from now on you need to respect me.Hasta ahora les he tratado bien, pero de aquí en adelante deben respetarme.
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