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Translation of the in Spanish:

definite article

American English: /ði/
, /ðə/
British English: /ðə/
, /ðɪ/
, /ðiː/
  • 1 (singular)
    (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) 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) the possible/sublime
    lo posible/sublime
    the young/old
    los jóvenes/viejos
  • 4 (per) 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] (singular)
    (plural)
    los
    las
    how's the family?
    ¿qué tal la familia? [colloquial]
    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?

adverb + comp

American English: /ði/
, /ðə/
British English: /ðə/
, /ðɪ/
, /ðiː/
  • 1.1 (as conjunction) 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
    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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