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"Whole life" is a noun which is often translated as "toda la vida", and "lifelong" is an adjective which is often translated as "de toda la vida". Learn more about the difference between "whole life" and "lifelong" below.
whole life
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. toda la vida
Sarah lived in the same small town her whole life.Sarah vivió en la misma pequeña ciudad toda la vida.
b. la vida entera
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I love you. You are my whole life.Te amo. Eres mi vida entera.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. de toda la vida
Maria flew to San Francisco to visit Victoria, one of her lifelong friends.María voló a San Francisco para visitar a Victoria, una amiga de toda la vida.
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