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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "astronauta" is a noun which is often translated as "astronaut". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "astronauta" 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 astronauta, la astronauta(
ahs
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troh
-
now
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tah
)
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. astronaut
El astronauta ruso Yuri Gagarin fue el primer ser humano en viajar al espacio exterior.The Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to travel to outer space.
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