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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "familia" is a noun which is often translated as "family". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "familia" 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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familia(
fah
-
mee
-
lyah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (relatives)
a. family
Me voy de vacaciones con mi familia.I'm going on vacation with my family.
2. (offspring)
a. family
¿Ya han pensado en tener familia?Have you thought about starting a family yet?
b. children
De momento no quieren tener familia.For the time being, they don't want to have children.
3. (lineage)
a. family
Mi padre viene de una familia de empresarios muy conocida.My father comes from a well-known family of entrepreneurs.
4. (group of related members)
a. family
El español, el italiano y el francés están en la misma familia lingüística.Spanish, Italian, and French are in the same linguistic family.
5. (biology)
a. family
Los mosquitos pertenecen a la familia de los dípteros.Mosquitoes belong to the Diptera family.
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