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"Una vez" is a phrase which is often translated as "once", and "algunas veces" is an adverb which is often translated as "sometimes". Learn more about the difference between "una vez" and "algunas veces" below.
una vez(
oo
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nah
 
behs
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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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algunas veces(
ahl
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goo
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nahs
 
beh
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sehs
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (occasionally)
a. sometimes
Suelo ir al trabajo caminando, pero algunas veces voy en autobús.I usually walk to work, but sometimes I take the bus.
b. at times
Algunas veces me entran ganas de dejarlo todo.At times I feel like giving up on everything.
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