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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "asistente" is a noun which is often translated as "assistant". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "asistente" 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 asistente, la asistente(
ah
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sees
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tehn
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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. (profession)
a. assistant
El doctor necesita una asistente para su consultorio.The doctor needs an assistant for his office.
b. attendant
La asistente de vuelo nos dio instrucciones sobre cómo proceder en caso de emergencia.The flight attendant gave us instructions on how to proceed in case of emergency.
2. (person attending)
a. attendee
Los asistentes al congreso recibieron una constancia.The attendees to the conference received a certificate.
b. participant
Muchos de los asistentes se pusieron de pie al final de la conferencia.Many participants stood up at the end of the conference.
3. (military)
a. orderly
El asistente realizaba muchas tareas para el comandante.The orderly carried out many tasks for the commanding officer.
b. batman (United Kingdom)
Asignaron al soldado para asistente de los demás en su cuartel.The soldier was assigned to be a batman for the others in his barracks.
4. (profession) (Andes)
a. servant
Los asistentes ensillaban el caballo mientras el conde se despedía de su hermana.The servants saddled the horse as the count kissed his sister goodbye.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (in attendance)
a. attending
La mayoría del público asistente eran mayores de 50 años.Most of the attending audience were older than 50.
b. present
Entre las empresas asistentes estaba GE.Among the companies present was GE.
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