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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "al día siguiente" is a phrase which is often translated as "the next day". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "al día siguiente" below.
el(
ehl
)
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. the
El gato está en el tejado.The cat is on the roof.
El teléfono estaba encima de la mesa.The telephone was on top of the table.
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al día siguiente(
ahl
 
dee
-
ah
 
see
-
gyehn
-
teh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. the next day
¿Te acordabas de algo al día siguiente?Could you remember anything the next day?
b. the following day
Al día siguiente llamé a Marta para disculparme por mi grosería.The following day I phoned Marta to apologize for my rudeness.
c. next day
Dimos una gran fiesta en casa. Al día siguiente, todo estaba hecho un desastre.We threw a big party at home. Next day everything was a terrible mess.
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