Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday August 30, 2013

principio, noun:

When you want to talk about the beginning of something, principio is one way of saying it:

El principio del libro es muy interesante
The beginning of the book is very interesting

desde el principio hasta el fin
from beginning to end, from start to finish

Principio is also used in expressions to do with time, especially in the phrase al principio:

Al principio parecía muy fácil
It seemed very easy at first

a principios de la primavera
at the beginning of spring

Desde el principio me di cuenta de que me iba a mentir
From the outset I realised he was going to lie to me

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