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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "agente" is a noun which is often translated as "agent". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "agente" 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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el agente, la agente(
ah
-
hehn
-
teh
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (person negotiating for others)
a. agent
¿Cómo se llama el agente que representa a la escritora a la que conoces?What's the name of the agent who's representing that writer you know?
b. representative
Me ascendieron y ahora soy agente del departamento de ventas.I've been promoted, and now I'm a representative for the sales department.
2. (civil servant)
a. official
Un agente del ayuntamiento me vino a ver para hablar del problema.A council official came to see me to discuss the problem.
b. officer
El preso intentó sobornar a un agente penitenciario para que le dejara ingresar un celular.The prisoner tried to bribe a prison officer to let him bring in a cellphone.
c. member of staff
Gracias por su correo. Uno de nuestros agentes se contactará con usted pronto.Thank you for your email. A member of staff will be in touch with you soon.
3. (member of police force)
a. police officer
La calle estaba llena de agentes y carros de policía.The street was full of police officers and police cars.
b. policeman (masculine)
El agente no llevaba uniforme cuando detuvo al ladrón.The policeman was in plain clothes when he arrested the robber.
c. policewoman (feminine)
La agente se identificó con su placa oficial.The policewoman used her official badge to identify herself.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (chemistry or medicine)
a. agent
¿Qué tipo de agente infeccioso causa esta enfermedad?What type of infectious agent causes this disease?
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