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"Un poco" is a phrase which is often translated as "a little", and "ya" is an adverb which is often translated as "already". Learn more about the difference between "un poco" and "ya" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (not a big amount)
a. a little
¿Le pones azúcar al café? - Solo ponle un poco.Do you want sugar in your coffee? - Just add a little.
b. some
Ha sobrado un poco. Lo podemos cenar esta noche.There's some left. We can have it for dinner tonight.
c. a bit
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
La conocía un poco del colegio.I knew her a bit from school.
2. (not excessively)
a. a little
¿Te sentó mal lo que te dijo? - Un poco.Were you hurt by what she said? - A little.
b. a bit
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Todavía te duele la cabeza? - Un poco, pero ya me siento mejor.Does your head still hurt? - A bit, but I'm feeling better now.
3. (fairly)
a. a little
Estoy un poco cansado, así que me voy a dormir la siesta.I'm a little tired, so I'm going to have a siesta.
b. a bit
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Es un poco tarde para llamar, ¿no crees?It's a bit late to call, don't you think?
4. (to a certain extent)
a. partly
Al final no se lo dije. Un poco porque pensé que no era el momento.I didn't tell him in the end. Partly because I thought it wasn't the right time.
b. a little
Es un poco lo que pasó en España también.It's a little like what happened in Spain too.
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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. (in the past)
a. already
Ya ha olvidado lo que hiciste.She has already forgotten what you did.
2. (in the present)
a. now
¡Ve a limpiar el garaje ya!Go clean the garage now!
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