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"Él" is a pronoun which is often translated as "he", and "así" is an adverb which is often translated as "like this". Learn more about the difference between "él" and "así" below.
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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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in a way)
a. like this
¿Cómo lo hago? ¿Así?How should I do it? Like this?
Cose el vestido así.Sew the dress like this.
b. like that
Me encanta cuando bailas así.I love it when you dance like that.
Solía cocinar la paella así para mis hijos.I used to cook the paella like that for my kids.
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