Share this entry

American English: /ðeɪ/
British English: /ðeɪ/

Translation of they in Spanish:


Although ellos and ellas are given as translations of they, they are in practice used only for emphasis, or to avoid ambiguity: they went to the theater fueron al teatro; they did it ellos or ellas lo hicieron.
  • 1.1 (pl of he, she, it) who are they?
    ¿quiénes son?
    they didn't come
    no vinieron
    they're the ones who should apologize
    son ellos los que or quienes deberían disculparse
    Example sentences
    • Both events might be thought of as forms of eclipse, which is why they merit mention.
    • Your joints will then be examined to see if they are swollen and to find out how easily they move.
    • The festival will be the first and only time they will have played together since they split up.
    Example sentences
    • I've never had a friend get so mad with me that they turn off their phone and don't turn it back on for two days.
    • I mentioned this to someone at work today and they looked at me as if I were a space alien.
    1.2 (indefinite person or persons) See examples: someone called, but they didn't leave a message
    llamó una persona, pero no dejó recado
    they've dug up the road
    han levantado la calle
    1.3 (people) See examples: they say he's a millionaire
    dicen or se dice que es millonario
    …, as they say
    …, como dicen

Definition of they in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day mecate
    string …
    Cultural fact of the day

    Opus Dei

    Opus Dei - Latin for "God's Work" - is a Catholic organization founded in Spain in 1928. The Opus became very influential in Spanish society, above all by founding schools and universities. The aim was to create an élite which would spread Christian ideals throughout society. The University of Navarre is one of its foremost institutions.