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"Uphill" is an adverb which is often translated as "cuesta arriba", and "ahead" is an adverb which is often translated as "adelante". Learn more about the difference between "uphill" and "ahead" below.
uphill(
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hihl
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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. (upward)
a. cuesta arriba
When I was a child, some days I had to walk five miles uphill through the snow to get to school.Cuando era niño, había días en que tenía que caminar cinco millas cuesta arriba en la nieve para llegar a la escuela.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (upward)
a. cuesta arriba
An uphill bike ride will give you more of a workout.Si el paseo en bicicleta es cuesta arriba, harás más ejercicio.
b. en cuesta
The road is uphill up to the church, then it levels out.La carretera está en cuesta hasta llegar a la ermita, y a partir de ahí es llana.
c. de subida
The majority of the walk will be uphill, but the view at the top is spectacular.La mayoría de la caminata será de subida, pero la vista desde lo alto es espectacular.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(difficult)
a. arduo
The team was down by 20 points at the half. It was going to be an uphill battle for victory.El equipo perdía por 20 puntos a mitad de partido. La batalla por la victoria iba a ser ardua.
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ahead(
uh
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hehd
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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. (indicating movement)
a. adelante
Where are the others? - They've gone ahead, and we're going to meet up with them at the peak.¿Dónde están los demás? - Fueron adelante, y vamos a encontrarlos en la cima.
2. (indicating position)
a. adelante
Take your time. I'll wait for you ahead.Sigue a tu ritmo. Te espero adelante.
3. (in a competition)
a. adelante
The runner was ahead for the whole race.El corredor estuvo adelante durante toda la carrera.
b. por delante
It was revealed that she was ahead of the other candidate by seven points.Se supo que iba por delante del otro candidato por siete puntos.
c. en la delantera
He was ahead for most of the race before he lost at the very end.Estuvo en la delantera durante la mayor parte de la carrera antes de que perdiera justo al final.
d. a la delantera
It's hard to stay ahead for a whole marathon.Es difícil permanecer a la delantera durante un maratón entero.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
At the end of the third period, we were ahead by ten points.Al final del tercer período, íbamos ganando por diez puntos.
She's three points ahead in the competition.Lleva una ventaja de tres puntos en el concurso.
4. (indicating time)
a. con antelación
Do I need to call ahead to reserve a table?¿Tengo que llamar con antelación para reservar una mesa?
b. venidero
In the years ahead, we'll have more difficulties.En los años venideros, tendremos más dificultades.
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