Difference between Aun and Todavía

Key Difference: In Spanish, aun and todavía are generally used as adverbs. Aun exists in two forms - one with ‘tilde’ (AÚN) and the other without ‘tilde’ (AUN). Aún is similar to Todavía meaning even, yet or still. Therefore, the two adverbs can be placed before or after a verb interchangeably. However, aun is generally used in situations with presuming conditions.

Spanish is an interesting language that forms a part of the Ibero-Romance group of languages. There is often confusion between aun, aún and todavía in Spanish. Aún and todavía are used to denote “even,” “yet” or “still.”  However, mostly they refer to ‘still’. Both can be used in place of each other to denote still, even or yet.

For example - 

¿Todavía estás aquí?

 And

¿Aún estás aquí?

Are same; referring to - Are you still here? 

Similarly, in the sentence "todavía puedo viajar", 'todavía' can be easily replaced by 'aún' like - " aún puedo viajar". They both mean - "I can still travel".

Aun also appears in two forms, therefore a lot of confusion arises that which one would be more suitable in a given situation. The two forms are aun and aún. Aún is accented and aun is unaccented. Aún is used as an adverb just like todavía. However, aun is generally used as a conjunction.

For example, in the sentence-

"ni aun trabajando 12 horas al día"

Aun is used as a term denoting situations with presuming conditions. In the above example, the translated meaning in English is -  (not) even if we worked 12 hours a day. In this sentence, aun is clearly being used as a conjuctive term with some preassumed notion that even if we worked for 12 hours a day- can be completed like - even if we worked 12 hours a day, the task would still be not completed on time. The condition of working for 12 hours is being mentioned in this sentence.

Comparison between Aun and Todavía:

 

Aun

Todavía

Form

Two - aun and aún

One - todavía

Definition

Aún is used to denote yet, still and even

Aun is generally used to denote situations with presuming conditions.

Todavía and aún are often regarded as synonymous.

Usage

Aun – conjunction

Aún - adverb

Adverb

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