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"Between" is a preposition which is often translated as "entre", and "the" is a definite article which is often translated as "el". Learn more about the difference between "between" and "the" below.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (in time)
a. entre
I expect them to get in between noon and 1 pm.Los espero entre las doce y la 1 pm.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If you use a coupon at our store between now and Thursday, you'll get 20% off your entire order.Si usa su cupón en nuestra tienda de aquí al jueves obtendrá un 20% de descuento en todo el pedido.
The restaurant was temporarily closed between July 1 and July 30.El restaurante estuvo cerrado temporalmente del 1 al 30 de julio.
2. (in the spatial middle of)
a. entre
Bixby Bridge is between Carmel-By-The-Sea and Big Sur, on Highway 1.Bixby Bridge está entre Carmel-By-The-Sea y Big Sur, sobre la ruta 1.
3. (from one point to another)
a. entre
The Tren Patagónico runs between Viedma and San Carlos de Bariloche.El Tren Patagónico corre entre Viedma y San Carlos de Bariloche.
4. (in the numerical middle of)
a. entre
He must have spent between $30,000 and $40,000 on his new car.Ha de haber gastado entre $30,000 y $40,000 en su carro nuevo.
5. (either one or the other)
a. entre
You can't have both, you have to choose between the chocolate bar or the ice cream.No puedes comerte los dos, tienes que elegir entre el chocolate y el helado.
6. (shared by)
a. entre
Let's split the bill between all of us.Compartamos la cuenta entre todos.
7. (jointly)
a. entre
Talks are underway between the three countries to find a solution to the crisis.Están en marcha conversaciones entre los tres países para encontrar una solución a la crisis.
8. (taking the combined effect)
a. entre
Between work and study, she has no time left for outdoor activities.Entre el trabajo y el estudio, no le queda tiempo para actividades al aire libre.
9. (restricted to)
a. entre
Between you and me, I don't think she's the right girl for him.Entre tú y yo, no me parece la chica adecuada para él.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
10. (in an intermediate place or state)
a. en medio
There are two armchairs with a window between.Hay dos sillones con una ventana en medio.
b. entremedio
Either you are his friend or his foe, there's nothing between.O eres su amigo o su enemigo, no hay nada entremedio.
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A definite article is a word that identifies a noun as as specific or known to the speaker (e.g. the girl).
1. (general)
a. el (singular, masculine)
The pencil is in the drawer.El lápiz está en el cajón.
b. la (singular, feminine)
The ball is on the floor.La pelota está en el piso.
c. los (plural, masculine)
I like all the dresses in the store.Me gustan todos los vestidos de la tienda.
d. las (plural, feminine)
The flowers you bought are lovely.Las flores que compraste son hermosas.
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