Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday March 6, 2013

recién, adverb:
just, recently; newly

How people use words differs between Spain and Latin America, just as American and US English are different. In Latin America, you can use recién with a finite verb.

Recién se fueron.
They’ve just left.

Recién llegó.
He has only just arrived OR He arrived only recently.

In Spain, you only use recién with past participles — a use which is also valid in Latin America.

los recién casados
the newlyweds

recién hecho
newly made

Be careful of your clothes if you see this sign!

RECIÉN PINTADO
WET PAINT


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