Spanish word of the week: principio

el principio NOUN beginning

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 or 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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