en el fondo
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en el fondo(
ehn
 
ehl
 
fohn
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doh
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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. (on the base)
a. at the bottom
¿Viste que hay una grieta en el fondo de la bañera?Did you notice that crack at the bottom of the bathtub?
b. on the bed (of a river or the sea)
Cuando descubrieron el navío, este ya llevaba siglos en el fondo del mar.When the ship was found, it had already been on the sea bed for centuries.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(at one's heart of hearts)
a. deep down
Siempre se están peleando, pero, en el fondo, se quieren mucho.They're always fighting, but they love each other very much deep down.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(in reality)
a. actually
Sé que tengo que tomar una decisión, pero en el fondo me da igual una cosa que otra.I know I must make a decision, but I actually don't care one way or the other.
b. really
Yo creo que Miguel reprobó el examen porque, en el fondo, no quería ir a la universidad.I think Miguel failed the exam because he didn't really want to go to college.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(in essence)
a. at the bottom
El gobierno no lo quiere admitir, pero, claramente, el aspecto financiero está en el fondo de la cuestión.The government won't admit it, but the financial aspect is clearly at the bottom of the question.
b. essentially
A mi parecer, amor y respeto son en el fondo una misma cosa.In my opinion, love and respect are essentially one and the same thing.
c. basically
En el fondo, lo que me estás diciendo es que, si no me dejas, es solo porque te doy pena.You're basically telling me that you won't leave me just because you feel sorry for me.
5. (at the rear)
a. at the back
No encontraba mis zapatos porque estaban en el fondo del armario.I couldn't find my shoes because they were at the back of the cupboard.
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