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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "área" is a noun which is often translated as "area". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "área" 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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área(
ah
-
reh
-
ah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (zone)
a. area
Nuestras oficinas están dentro del área metropolitana de Washington DC.Our offices are located within the metropolitan area of Washington DC.
Estas áreas protegidas aportan beneficios importantes para el bienestar humano.These protected areas offer significant benefits for human well-being.
2. (mathematics or geometry)
a. area
Si el radio de un círculo es tres pulgadas, ¿cuál es el área?If the radius of a circle is three inches, what is the area?
3. (sector)
a. area
Nuestra empresa quiere contratar más profesionales en el área de la tecnología de la información.Our company wants to hire more professionals in the area of information technology.
b. field
En este país se ha progresado poco en el área de la educación especial.Little progress has been made in the field of special education in this country.
4. (sports)
a. penalty area
Ese futbolista se luce hasta llegar al área, pero no convierte goles.This soccer player is brilliant till he reaches the penalty area, but he can't score goals.
5. (measurement)
a. are (100 square meters)
En algunos países todavía se utiliza el área para medir un terreno.In some countries the are is still used for measuring the size of plots of land.
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