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"Él" is a pronoun which is often translated as "he", and "se" is a pronoun which is often translated as "themselves". Learn more about the difference between "él" and "se" below.
él(
ehl
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (personal)
a. he (subject)
Él ha sido mi mejor amigo por 15 años.He has been my best friend for 15 years.
b. him (object)
Dale el libro a él.Give the book to him.
c. it (things or animals)
Ese insecto parece inocente pero todavía tengo miedo de él.That bug seems harmless but I still am afraid of it.
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se(
seh
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (reflexive)
a. themselves (plural)
Se compraron un coche nuevo.They bought themselves a new car.
b. itself (singular, neuter)
A mi gato le gusta lamerse.My cat loves licking itself.
c. himself (singular, masculine)
Se está afeitando.He is shaving himself.
d. herself (singular, feminine)
Ya se viste ella sola.She can already dress herself.
2. (reciprocal)
a. each other
Se miraron y sonrieron.They looked at each other and smiled.
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