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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "comprar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to buy". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "comprar" 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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comprar(
kohm
-
prahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to acquire)
a. to buy
Cómprale algo bonito para su cumpleaños.Buy her something nice for her birthday.
b. to purchase
¿Le gustaría comprar ese artículo?Would you like to purchase that item?
2. (to bribe)
a. to buy off
Los políticos malvados intentaron comprar mi silencio.The evil politicians tried to buy me off.
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