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20 phrases to practice the use of “salvo” and expressions such as “sano y salvo” in Spanish

In Spanish, the term “salvo” can perform different functions, so it’s important to know them and know in what context they should be used. On the one hand, “salvo” can be an adjective that is generally used to express that something or someone was not harmed. In this sense, the expression “sano y sano” is more frequent to indicate that someone was unharmed from an accident, for example. In other contexts, “salvo” is an adverb that is used to indicate an exception (Trabajo todos los días salvo los domingos). In addition, you will frequently hear phrases with the expression safe to express that someone is out of danger (Se refugiaron para estar a salvo del huracán); and on other occasions you may hear or read phrases with the expression “salvo que” that equivalent to other expressions such as ” a no ser que” or ” a menos que” to express an exception (No me llames salvo que sea algo urgente). In this post, you will find 20 examples that will help you practice the different uses and expressions with the term “salvo” in Spanish.


salvo (except)

Trabajo todos los días salvo los domingos. (I work every day except Sundays)



Todos pagarán 5 euros por entrada, salvo los niños y los mayores de 65 años. (Everyone will pay 5 euros per ticket, except for children and those over 65)



El número de contagios aumentó en todo el país salvo en esa región. (The number of infections increased throughout the country except in that region)



Ha visitado todas las capitales europeas, salvo Moscú y Oslo. (He / she has visited all the European capitals, except Moscow and Oslo)



No como tarta salvo en las fiestas de cumpleaños. (I don’t eat cake except at birthday parties)



a salvo (out of danger)


Las mujeres y los niños están a salvo. (Women and children are safe)



Se refugiaron para estar a salvo del huracán.  (They took shelter to be safe from the hurricane)



¿Están todos a salvo? (Is everyone safe?)



Se escondieron para estar a salvo. (They hid to be safe)



Gracias a Dios están todos a salvo. (Thank God, they are all safe)



sano y salvo (safe)


Lo encontró sano y salvo. (He / she found him safe and sound)



Todos están sanos y salvos. (All are safe and sound)



Hallan al niño perdido sano y salvo. (They find the lost child safe and sound / Lost child was found safe and sound)



Tuvo suerte de salir sano y salvo del accidente de coche. (He was lucky to get out of the car crash safe and sound)



Me alegro que todos estén sanos y salvos. (I’m glad that everyone is safe and sound)



salvo que (unless)


No tome este medicamento salvo que se lo indique su médico. (Don’t take this medicine unless your doctor tells you to)



No hay nada que hacer salvo que se te ocurra algo. (There is nothing to do unless you come up with something)



Todos los lotes están en buen estado salvo que se indique lo contrario. (All lots are in good condition unless otherwise indicated)



No me llames salvo que sea algo urgente. (Don’t call me unless it’s urgent)



Subiremos mañana a la cima de la montaña salvo que haga mal tiempo. (We will climb to the top of the mountain tomorrow unless the weather is bad)



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