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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (time of day)
a. dawn
Yo me acuesto temprano y me despierto todos los días antes del amanecer.I go to bed early and wake up before dawn every day.
Nos encontramos en la playa al amanecer.We met on the beach at dawn.
b. daybreak
La misa será el domingo al amanecer.The mass will be on Sunday at daybreak.
c. sunrise
Para aprovechar la excursión, salimos antes del amanecer.To get the most out of the trip, we left before sunrise.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
2. (to grow light)
a. to dawn
Esperaron a que amaneciera antes de salir a buscarla.They waited for the day to dawn before heading out to look for her.
b. to get light
En invierno no amanece hasta las ocho.In winter, it doesn't get light until eight.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to begin the day)
a. to wake up
Pepe amaneció con un terrible dolor de cabeza.Pepe woke up with a terrible headache.
4. (to appear in the morning)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Los techos amanecieron llenos de ramas después del huracán.The morning after the hurricane saw the roofs covered in palm branches.
Los parques amanecieron cubiertos de cohetes.The parks were full of firecrackers in the morning.
5. (to spend the night)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to stay up all night
No te vuelvas a amanecer viendo películas en tu tablet.Don't stay up all night watching movies on your tablet again.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. dawn
al amanecerat dawn
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
2. (general)
amaneció a las sietedawn broke at seven
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (en un lugar)
a. to see in the dawn
amanecimos en Estambulwe arrived in Istanbul at dawn
¿cómo amaneciste?how did you sleep?
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intransitive verb
1 [+día] to dawn
el día amaneció lloviendo at daybreak it was raining; amanece a las siete it gets light at seven; nos amaneció en Granada the next morning found us in Granada; the next morning we woke up in Granada
2 [+persona, ciudad] to wake up (in the morning)
amanecimos en Vigo the next morning found us in Vigo; the next morning we woke up in Vigo
amaneció en el bosque
amaneció acatarrado he woke up with a cold; el pueblo amaneció cubierto de nieve morning saw the village covered in snow; when the next day dawned the village was covered in snow; amaneció rey he woke up to find himself king; amanecieron bailando (Latinoamérica) they danced all night; they were still dancing at dawn; ¿cómo amaneció? (Latinoamérica) how are you this morning?
dawn; daybreak
al amanecer at dawn; at daybreak
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