Quick answer
"Opposite" is an adjective which is often translated as "de enfrente", and "next to" is a preposition which is often translated as "al lado de". Learn more about the difference between "opposite" and "next to" below.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (facing)
a. de enfrente
He was walking along the opposite side of the road.Iba por la acera de enfrente.
2. (contrary)
a. contrario
He crashed into a car coming in the opposite direction.Chocó con un auto que venía en dirección contraria.
b. opuesto
They represent the two opposite poles of politics in France.Ellos representan los dos polos opuestos de la política francesa.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (location)
a. enfrente
The hotel is situated directly opposite.El hotel está situado justo enfrente.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (the contrary)
a. lo contrario
Was she annoyed? - Quite the opposite.¿Estaba enojada? - Todo lo contrario.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
5. (facing)
a. enfrente de
There is a charming little forest opposite the house.Hay un pequeño bosque encantador enfrente de la casa.
b. frente a
He was sitting opposite me.Estaba sentado frente a mí.
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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. (adjacent to)
a. al lado de
The teacher's desk is next to the chalkboard.El escritorio del maestro está al lado del pizarrón.
b. junto a
My favorite restaurant is next to the beach.Mi restaurante preferido está junto a la playa.
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