Translation of he in Spanish:

he

Pronunciation: /hiː; weak form i/

pronoun/pronombre

Although él is given as the main translation of he, it is in practice used only for emphasis, or to avoid ambiguity: he went to the theater fue al teatro she went to the theater, he went to the cinema ella fue al teatro y él fue al cine he did it él lo hizo.

  • él he's a painter/my brother es pintor/mi hermano he didn't say it, I did no fue él quien lo dijo, sino yo don't ask me, he's the expert no me preguntes a mí, el experto es él Ted Post? who's he? ¿Ted Post? ¿quién es Ted Post? he who hesitates [literary/literario] quien vacila … could I speak to Steve, please? — this is he (American English/inglés norteamericano) ¿podría hablar con Steve, por favor? — habla con él I'm as tall as he is o [formal] as tall as he soy tan alto como él
    More example sentences
    • Shane has a nice little punch, but he never hurt me with a solid shot.
    • If you let him get to you mentally, he's already won the race
    • Everything he's been involved in has become a fiasco.

noun/nombre

  • [colloquial/familiar] it's a he (of baby) es niño, es varón (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) (of animal) es macho

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.