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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "abuelo" is a noun which is often translated as "grandfather". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "abuelo" 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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abuelo(
ah
-
bweh
-
loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (relative)
a. grandfather
Mi abuelo materno es el hombre más sabio que conozco.My maternal grandfather is the wisest man I know.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(geezer)
a. old man
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Vamos abuelo, que todavía no es hora de dormir.Come on old man, it isn't time for bed yet.
abuelos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
3. (relatives)
a. grandparents
Mis abuelos viven en un pueblito en Italia.My grandparents live in a little town in Italy.
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