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"Una vez" is a phrase which is often translated as "once", and "alguna vez" is an adverb which is often translated as "ever". Learn more about the difference between "una vez" and "alguna vez" below.
una vez(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (one occasion)
a. once
Conozco a María porque coincidimos una vez en una fiesta.I know Maria because we once met at a party.
b. one time
Solo he ido a ese restaurante una vez desde que me mudé.I've only been to that restaurant one time since I moved.
2. (when)
a. once
Una vez finalizada la tarea, cierra el entorno de programación.Once the task is finished, close the programming environment.
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alguna vez(
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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. (general)
a. ever
¿Alguna vez has visto un fantasma?Have you ever seen a ghost?
b. someday
Alguna vez debemos ir a desayunar en ese restaurante.We should have breakfast in that restaurant someday.
c. once
Alguna vez pensé que llegaría a ser presidente de este país.I once thought I would come to be president of this country.
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