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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "cantante" is a noun which is often translated as "singer". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "cantante" below.
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 cantante, la cantante(
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 who sings)
a. singer
De día es abogada, pero de noche es la cantante principal en una banda.By day she's a lawyer, but at night she's the lead singer in a band.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (able to sing)
a. singing
Encuentra la muñeca cantante de su hija muy irritante.He finds his daughter's singing doll to be very annoying.
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