de paso

de paso(
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (making use of the occasion)
a. while one's at it
Ve a la panadería y, de paso, ve a la tienda a comprar más mermelada.Go to the bakery, and while you're at it, go to the store and buy more jam.
2. (provisionally)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Yo estoy aquí de paso. No vivo en este pueblo.I'm just passing through here. I don't live in this town.
Los pasajeros que están de paso no necesitan pasar por el control de seguridad.The passengers that are in transit don't need to go through a security check.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (related to migration)
a. migratory
Esta especie es un ave de paso.This species is a migratory bird.
b. of passage (United Kingdom)
Las aves de paso ya migraron hacia el sur.The birds of passage already migrated south.
4. (not belonging to the chord)
a. passing
Aquí, re funciona como nota de paso entre el do y el mi.Here, D works as a passing note between C and E.
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