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Translation of the in Spanish:

definite article/artículo definido

/ before vowelði; ðɪ; before consonant ðə; strong form ðiː/
  • 1 (singular) el, la; (plural) los, las pass me the bread/the salt/the tomatoes/the grapes pásame el pan/la sal/los tomates/las uvas the color of the sky/of the grass el color del cielo/de la hierba
  • 2 (used for emphasis) do you mean the Dr Black? ¿te refieres al famoso Dr Black? she's the woman for the job es la mujer ideal para el puesto it's the novel to read just now en este momento, es la novela que hay que leer
  • 3 3.1 (with names) Henry the First/Second/Third Enrique primero/segundo/tercero the Smiths los Smith 3.2 (in generic use) el, la the invention of the printing press la invención de la imprenta the polar bear el oso polar
    Example sentences
    • Parents have to be a lot more careful about what their children are allowed to watch on the TV.
    • Lots of the singles on the CD were never on the radio here.
    • Becky sings with our church choir and plays the piano.
    3.3 (in abstractions, generalizations) (+ singular verb/+ verbo en singular) the possible/sublime lo posible/sublime the young/old los jóvenes/viejos
  • 4 (per) por they sell it by the square foot lo venden por pie cuadrado I get paid by the hour me pagan por hora three dollars the yard tres dólares la yarda
    Example sentences
    • These annual levies are only a few cents in the dollar.
    • If you fly into wind you will get much less mileage to the litre.
    • The Ballet School has some pianists on salary; others are paid by the hour.
  • 5 (used instead of possessive pron) [colloquial/familiar] (singular) el, la; (plural) los, las how's the family? ¿qué tal la familia? [colloquial/familiar] the old elbow's giving him trouble again está teniendo problemas con el codo otra vez
    Example sentences
    • One night, the hubby and I stopped at the next door bakery and bought some bread.
    • Are you all right? How are the kids?


(+ comp) / before vowelði; before consonant ðə/
  • 1.1 (as conjunction/como conjunción) cuanto the more you have, the more you want cuanto más tienes, más quieres the more she knows them, the less she likes them cuanto más los conoce, menos le gustan the sooner, the better cuanto antes, mejor 1.2 (in comparisons) I'm the richer for this experience me he enriquecido con esta experiencia all the better to see you with para verte mejor that's all the more reason not to give in mayor razón para no ceder they'll be none the worse for some discipline no les vendrá mal un poco de disciplina

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