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"Una vez" is a phrase which is often translated as "once", and "tres veces" is an adverb which is often translated as "three times". Learn more about the difference between "una vez" and "tres veces" below.
una vez(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
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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tres veces(
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in three occasions)
a. three times
Este año he estado tres veces en Madrid.I've been to Madrid three times this year.
2. (triple)
a. three times
El salario de Nerea es tres veces el mío, sin embargo, ella nunca llega a final de mes.Nerea's salary is three times mine, however, she can never manage to make ends meet.
3. (three groups)
a. three batches
Lo mejor es añadir el chocolate a la mezcla en tres veces, y sin dejar de remover.The best thing is to add the chocolate to the mixture in three batches, stirring constantly.
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