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"Fin" is a noun which is often translated as "end", and "principio" is a noun which is often translated as "beginning". Learn more about the difference between "fin" and "principio" below.
fin(
feen
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (conclusion)
a. end
Es el fin de una era tal y como la conocemos.It's the end of an era as we know it.
2. (objective)
a. aim
El fin del proyecto es reducir las emisiones.The aim of the project is to reduce emissions.
b. purpose
El fin de la vida es vivirla.The purpose of life is to live it.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(period of time)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. weekend
Este fin voy a Ixtapa con mis primos.This weekend I'm going to Ixtapa with my cousins.
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principio(
preen
-
see
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pyoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (commencement)
a. beginning
Mi boda fue el principio de mi nueva vida.My wedding was the beginning of my new life.
b. start
No me gustó el principio del libro, pero se puso interesante hacia el final.I didn't like the start of the book but it got interesting towards the end.
2. (rule)
a. principle
Dos más dos son cuatro es un principio matemático verdadero.Two plus two equals four is a true mathematical principle.
3. (provenance)
a. origin
El latín después de la caída del imperio romano es el principio de la lengua española.After the fall of the Roman empire, Latin is the origin of the Spanish language.
b. source
Ganar la lotería ha sido el principio de todos mis problemas.Winning the lottery has been the source of all my problems.
4. (chemistry)
a. ingredient
El principio activo en este calmante es paracetamol.The active ingredient in this painkiller is acetaminophen.
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