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American English: /(h)wɛn/
British English: /wɛn/

Translation of when in Spanish:


  • 1 (in questions, indirect questions) when did you arrive? when was it that you spoke to her?
    ¿cuándo fue que hablaste con ella?
    I asked him when the next train was
    le pregunté cuándo salía el próximo tren
    she knows when to keep quiet
    sabe cuándo es mejor quedarse callada
    that was when I realized that …
    fue entonces cuando or (esp Latin America) que me di cuenta de que …
    say when!
    di cuándo
  • 2 (as relative) the year when we got married
    el año en que nos casamos
    a date when everyone can come
    una fecha en que todos puedan venir
    in December, when we were on holiday
    en diciembre, cuando estábamos de vacaciones


When used as a conjunction in sentences expressing the future, when is translated by cuando + subjunctive: we'll speak to Carol when she gets back hablaremos con Carol cuando vuelva.
  • 1 1.1 (temporal sense) I asked him when I saw him
    se lo pregunté cuando lo vi
    I'll ask him when I see him
    se lo preguntaré cuando lo vea
    the flesh is pink when cooked
    la carne es rosada cuando está cocida
    when finished, it will be used to …
    una vez terminado or cuando esté terminado se usará para …
    give me a shout when you're ready
    pégame un grito cuando estés listo
    when it rains, I take the bus
    cuando llueve, tomo el autobús
    reduce speed when approaching a junction
    reduzca la velocidad al acercarse a un cruce
    I'd scarcely sat down when the phone rang
    apenas me había sentado cuando sonó el teléfono
    Example sentences
    • Theatre is her first love and when she is not performing she can invariably be found among the audience.
    • He was looking out the front door yesterday when I had it open to feed the hens.
    • One survivor said a meeting was being held in an upstairs room when the blast occurred.
    1.2 (if) these results aren't bad when you compare them with …
    estos resultados no son malos si or cuando se los compara con …
    Example sentences
    • You cannot claim to give the facts straight when there is no-one giving the other view.
    • I am in the fourth year of my own fight, which is considered a long time when you have the kind of cancer I have.
    • It is fantastic to even consider him when he has not been a pupil for two years.
  • 2 2.1 (since, considering that) how do you know you don't like it when you've never tried it?
    ¿cómo sabes que no te gusta si or cuando nunca lo has probado?
    why go to a hotel when you can stay here?
    ¿por qué ir a un hotel si or cuando te puedes quedar aquí?
    2.2 (although) he said he was 18 when in fact he's only 15
    dijo que tenía 18 años cuando en realidad solo tiene 15
    Example sentences
    • People could at times be standing at the back when there was room in the front of the train.
    • They behaved as if they were in their living room at home, when, clearly they weren't.
    • The danger is trying to put your nose through when there is no room and it ends in an accident.


  • when do you have to be in London by, by when do you have to be in London?
    ¿para cuándo tienes que estar en Londres?
    since when have they had the farm?
    ¿desde cuándo tienen la granja?
    ¿cuánto hace que tienen la granja?
    since when have you been an expert?
    ¿desde cuándo eres un experto?
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