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they
[ðeɪ]
pronoun
1. ellos (mpl) ellas (f pl) (personal use)
  • they're Scottish (usually omitted, except for contrast) son escoceses
  • they haven't got it! ¡ellos no lo tienen!
  • they alone know sólo ellos lo saben
2. (indefinite use)
  • nobody ever admits they've lied la gente nunca reconoce que ha mentido
  • they say that… dicen que…
they [ðeɪ]
pronoun
Note that subject pronouns are used less in Spanish than in English - mainly for emphasis, to avoid ambiguity and in comparisons.
2 (referring to particular people, things) (emphatic, to avoid ambiguity) ellosellas;ellas
we went to the cinema but they didn't nosotros fuimos al cine pero ellos no; I spoke to my sisters and they agreed with me hablé con mis hermanas y ellas estaban de acuerdo conmigo; it's they who ... son ellos quienes ...; we work harder than they do trabajamos más que ellos
Don't translate the subject pronoun when not emphasizing or clarifying:
they're fine, thank you están bien, gracias; they're yellow son amarillos
they who ... los que ...; quienes ...
we went to the cinema but they didn't nosotros fuimos al cine pero ellos no
3 (referring to "someone", "anyone")
if anyone tells you otherwise, they're mistaken si alguien te dice lo contrario, no tiene razón
if anyone thinks that, they must be stupid if someone hits a policeman they're bound to get into trouble
4 (generalizing)
they say that ... se dice que ...; dicen que ...; as they say como dicen; según dicen; they are making it illegal lo van a hacer ilegal
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