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they

Pronunciation: /ðeɪ/

Translation of they in Spanish:

pronoun/pronombre

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) ellos, ellas 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) 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) they say he's a millionaire dicen or se dice que es millonario …, as they say …, como dicen

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